New Exhibits

New at the Zoo

New Veterinary Center Opens Feb. 23

Nashville Zoo’s new 23,677-square-foot Veterinary Center replaces a 30-year-old facility originally designed for a much smaller wildlife park housing indigenous species versus the exotic animals that now call the Zoo home.

The new state-of-the-art facility is a destination for Zoo visitors to discover firsthand how animal care is delivered.

Learn more about the new veterinary center.


COMING SOON - Sumatran tiger exhibit

Originally built in 1989 as a black bear exhibit, the Zoo’s tiger exhibit was in great need of renovation. The new exhibit will be home to three female Sumatran tigers.

Improvements to the exhibit will enlarge the tigers’ habitat and night quarters, as well as add a new indoor viewing area for guests. The viewing building will feature reinforced glass panels for the closest possible view of these majestic cats, a training panel so guests can interact with keeper staff, and interactive displays to engage and educate visitors about tiger conservation.

In addition, the outdoor bridge viewing area will be renovated to visually mirror the Asian architectural components featured on the new viewing building.

Construction Update - July 2018

Both viewing structures are built - and now it's all about the details. This exhibit features thousands of feet of hand-painted woodwork and interactive, educational elements. Crews are currently working on installing lighting, applying interior and exterior wall coverings, as well as completing major water features in the exhibit. The three Sumatran tigers are now living behind the scenes at the Zoo after traveling from Knoxville Zoo this past spring.