Highlighted Habitats

Giraffe Calf Makes Debut

Thanks to spring-like temperatures, our baby giraffe Bahati has quietly made her public debut. The nearly 3-month old calf, along with the other female members of our herd, can be seen on exhibit on warm weather days.

"Giraffe have unique bodies that do not allow them to easily regulate heat, and calves are more susceptible to colder temperatures than adults," said Kate Cortelyou, lead giraffe keeper. "Recommendations from giraffe care experts say that calves be held in a heated barn anytime temperatures are below a "feels-like" temperature of 60 degrees when sunny, 65 degrees when cloudy and 70 degrees when raining."

Bahati is mom Margarita and dad Congo's third calf. Their first was born in 2010, and the second, a female named Camilla, was born in 2012 and left Nashville last year to join her permanent herd at the Columbus Zoo. With the addition of Bahati, Nashville Zoo is home to three Masai giraffe and one reticulated giraffe.

Kangaroo Kickabout Now Open

Australia’s most famous residents have made their debut in a new habitat at Nashville Zoo. Kangaroo Kickabout gives guests the opportunity to enter the home of a troop red kangaroos.

Kangaroo Kickabout features 4,500 square feet of naturalistic Australian landscape. Guests can view the ‘roos from an outside area, or get a closer experience by walking a winding path through the middle of the habitat. While guests must stay on the pathway, kangaroos are free to wander the exhibit. Kangaroo Kickabout will also include four triton cockatoos, a subspecies of the sulfur-crested cockatoo found in New Guinea and its surrounding islands. Zoo keepers will be on hand at all times to answer questions and monitor the animals and guests.

Kangaroo Kickabout is made possible thanks to the generous support from Zoo board chairman Jim Hunt and his wife, Sally. This is the second habitat supported by the Hunt Family after their 2005 support to open Lorikeet Landing.