Our Animals

Our animals come from many parts of the world. Whether you are interested in mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, or fish - we have many species in each category that call Nashville Zoo home. Click on the animal's name below for a detailed profile about that animal and their interaction with Nashville Zoo.


Amphibians are cold-blooded, smooth-skinned animals from the Chordate Phylum. This class of animals includes frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts. Some live on land and some in the water, but most species return to the water to mate and lay eggs. You can see many amphibians in the Unseen New World at Nashville Zoo.


Arthropods make up the largest phylum of animals and include the insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and others. Arthropods are characterized by the possession of a segmented body with appendages on each segment. All arthropods are covered by a hard exoskeleton made of chitin, which provides physical protection and resistance to desiccation. More than 80% of described living animal species are arthropods, with over a million modern species. Nashville Zoo's arthropods can be found in the Unseen New World.


Birds are any of various warm-blooded, egg-laying, feathered vertebrates of the class Aves, having forelimbs modified to form wings. Nashville Zoo has many different species of birds in the Aviary, Critter Encounters, the Hyacinth Macaw Habitat, Bamboo Trail, Lorikeet Landing, and other places. In addition, we are dedicated to Piciformes conservation.


Fish are cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills. There are over 27,000 species of fish, making them the most diverse group of vertebrates. Nashville Zoo has many examples of salt-water and fresh-water fish which are found in The Unseen New World.


Mammals are one class of animals that have backbones, are warm-blooded, breath air and whose females have milk-secreting glands for their young. In the class Mammalia there are 19 orders and over 5,000 species of mammals, ranging from the 2-inch shrew to the 120-foot whale.


Reptiles are vertebrates that regulate body temperature externally, have dry, glandless skin covered with scales, breathe through lungs and lay large eggs that develop on land. Reptiles include turtles, snakes, and lizards. Many reptiles live in the Unseen New World at Nashville Zoo, and we also have lots of alligators in Alligator Cove!