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Binturong Born at the Zoo

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce that Lucy, one of our Palawan binturongs, gave birth to a male kit (common name for a baby binturong) on March 13, 2020. At birth, the kit weighted 279 grams (about 10 ounces) and is currently being raised by the Zoo's veterinarian team. The public can see a live camera of the newborn daily from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. here: “Lucy has had kits before and has a history of not producing milk for her young,” said Dr. Margarita Woc... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Two Cape Porcupines Born at Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of two Cape Porcupines. The porcupettes (the common name for baby porcupines) were born on February 24 each weighing approximately 450 grams (about a pound). Sex has yet to be determined. Both mother and porcupettes are doing fine. "Mkali (the mother) has been well trained which is very beneficial for her keepers," said Nate Morris, one of the porcupine keepers at Nashville Zoo. "She's learned how to voluntarily let our... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, March 19, 2020

Giant Anteater Pup Born at Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a healthy, giant anteater. The mom, a 17-year old named Praim, delivered the male on February 28 at a normal weight of 2.69 pounds. Both she and the newborn are doing fine.  “This is Praim’s 7th pup so she is an experienced mom, and everything went smoothly,” said Danielle Berthold, a carnivore keeper. “The pup will now stay with mom until he is a year to a year-and-a-half old. After that he’ll either... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, March 12, 2020

Working To Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade Of Cheetahs In Somaliland

  Illegal wildlife trafficking is an ever-increasing problem for the conservation of species in the wild, and the trafficking of cheetahs is no exception. It is estimated that every year more than 300 young cheetahs are illegally snatched from Ethiopia, northern Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland, then smuggled out of Somaliland to be sent across the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Peninsula where they are bought and sold in illegal online sales to the wealthy. Most of these cubs are pulled... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, February 20, 2020

Nashville International Airport Now Home To Life-Sized Giraffe Sculpture

It will be hard to miss the 2-story tall reticulated giraffe now hanging out in the rental car area of Nashville International Airport. And that’s exactly the point. Nashville Zoo installed the giraffe, created by Dorand Design Studios, overnight on January 9 in hopes to draw more attention to the Zoo. The giraffe is accompanied by a few pieces of luggage and signs directing toward Nashville Zoo (7 miles away) and Kenya (8,104 miles away). “We want to make sure... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, January 27, 2020

Nashville Zoo To Provide Support To Australian Wildfire Relief Efforts

Nashville Zoo is sending $30,000 to support Australia's efforts to rescue and protect wildlife affected by devastating wildfires. Additionally, the Zoo is committing all funds from a guest donation program called "Round Up for Conservation." “We’re deeply saddened by what’s happening to the wildlife and habitats in Australia,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President and CEO. “We feel a moral obligation to help the ongoing efforts and... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Nashville Zoo Welcomes New Board Members

Nashville Zoo and Zoo Board Chairman, Julie W. Walker, are pleased to announce the addition of five new members to the Board of Directors. The Zoo’s new additions to the board of directors include the following:  Diane Triplett Holloway  supports her husband, J.L., in business, business entertaining and business travel. She graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design and was previously the owner of Fridge’s Fine... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Zoo Mural Unveiled on 12 South

  Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood just got a little bit fiercer. Taqueria del Sol and TRIM Nashville’s north-facing wall is now home to a Nashville Zoo mural featuring its iconic “Music Kitty” tiger with an accompanying microphone. This is the first mural that visitors see upon entering the 12 South shopping area. Nashville Zoo’s multimedia designer, Kate Johns, collaborated with muralist Stephen Sloan of Never Xtinct (@neverxtinct) who brought the... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, November 18, 2019

Gifts that Give Back at Nashville Zoo's Zawadi Market

Want to make an impact this holiday season? Shop with a purpose and check out our Holiday Gift Guide! The Zoo’s gift shop, Zawadi Market, has creative gifts for everyone in your herd. Nashville Zoo offers gifts that keep on giving - beyond Fair Trade Certified products and the use of recycled materials, the Zoo has worked diligently to offer fun gift items that increase awareness and educate guests on the importance of conservation, renewable materials and repurposing with a focus on... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, November 1, 2019

Lighting Up Nashville This Winter

  Bringing a brighter twist to the usual holiday light displays, Nashville Zoo’s Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights aims to awe guests and send them home with a greater appreciation for a spectacular cultural tradition. The history of Chinese lanterns and their use can be dated back to the Eastern Han dynasty in 25-220 AD. Lanterns were first used as a way to protect flames from catching anything on fire because of the wind, but the lanterns’ meaning has... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, October 25, 2019

Nashville Zoo Awarded Best Restrooms in Country by Cintas

    Nashville Zoo’s  Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear  women’s restroom and Entry Village's men's restroom have been named America’s Best Restrooms by Cintas. Expedition Peru's restroom is the home to the Zoo’s family of six cotton-top tamarins, a critically endangered primate species from South America and Entry Village's restroom is home to a Boelen's python. "We’re honored Cintas and the public have... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Nashville Zoo's Grassmere Historic Home Featured in Parade of Homes

  Nashville Zoo’s Grassmere Historic Home is honored to be a part of the James Hardie 2019 Parade of Homes taking place at The Grove in College Grove, TN. The historic home’s internal and external design has been replicated and modernized by Hatcliff Construction and will be on display for the public to see Oct. 12-27. The  Parade of Homes  is an annual event produced by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee (HBAMT). The event features multiple new... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Zoo Outlook for Fall & Winter 2019/2020

The cooler weather offers an exceptional experience at Nashville Zoo. This is our least busy time of the year offering opportunities for quiet walks along our pathways and special glimpses at animals that may be more active in the cooler environment. Many of our animals have adapted to the Middle Tennessee climate and can be seen throughout our hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Additionally, our Unseen New World offers indoor viewing of a wide array of reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, October 14, 2019

National Veterinary Technician Week

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA) has proclaimed October 13 - 19, 2019 to be National Veterinary Technician Week. This annual event recognizes veterinary technicians for their contributions in the best possible care for all animals. Veterinary technicians are educated in the latest medical advances and skilled at working alongside veterinarians to give animals the best medical care possible. Here at Nashville Zoo, we have two wonderful... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Your Choices Matter: Palm Oil

Palm oil is the most widely produced edible vegetable oil in the world and is an ingredient in nearly half of all consumer products. With so much demand, many companies are using unsustainable practices to produce the oil, which in turn is wiping out thousands of animal species. The Palm Oil Problem Palm oil is obtained from the fruit of the African oil palm tree, which originated in West Africa, but can flourish wherever heat and rainfall are abundant. Ninety percent of palm... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, September 30, 2019

Nashville Zoo Welcomes New Female Cape Porcupine

  Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the arrival of our new female Cape porcupine. Mkali, meaning “fierce and bright” in Swahili, was born on Feb. 24, 2019 at the San Diego Zoo. Mkali joins the Zoo’s current 6-year-old male Cape porcupine, Jake Quyllenhaal.  Other than her smaller stature, keepers identify Mkali by looking for a thick, white stripe under her chin. Mkali's stripe is much larger and more defined than Jake's.   “Mkali... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, September 30, 2019

Zoo Veterinary Center Receives Construction Excellence Award

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce that our recently completed  HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center  was awarded the Excellence in Construction Award in the Special Construction category by the  Greater Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors . “We’ve worked many years on creating a veterinary center that is not only a state-of-the-art upgrade from our previous facility, but one of the best veterinary centers in the country, so it’s an... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, September 26, 2019

Nashville Zoo Paving the Way for Komodo Dragon Reproduction Research

Just like people that need to understand and take care of their reproductive health, we carefully monitor and care for the reproductive health of the animals at Nashville Zoo. One issue our keeper and veterinary staff monitor is egg dystocia (egg binding), which is the number one problem facing female Komodo dragons in human care. Egg binding occurs when follicles are not re-absorbed due to lack of breeding or eggs are not laid. Both of these issues can cause numerous internal problems,... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Zoo Receives Top Honors For Andean Bear Exhibit and Education Programming

Nashville Zoo’s  Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear   received the Top Honors in Exhibit Design Award by the  Association of Zoos and Aquariums  (AZA) at the AZA Annual Conference in New Orleans earlier this week. The award is the highest achievement for exhibit design given by AZA and is judged by 18 seasoned zoo and aquarium professionals on exhibit design, contribution to conservation, interpretive programming and how the exhibit fits in the... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Male Rhino Now On Exhibit

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the male Southern white rhinoceros is now on exhibit.  “We’re excited to have a male here and hope to have baby rhinos on the ground within a couple years,” said Nashville Zoo Hoofstock Keeper, Jason Faessler. Named The Cheetah by generous donors, the male rhino is 5 years old and weighs approximately 4,000 pounds. He has joined the current crash of four female Southern white rhinos  - Nandi, Kacie, Norma... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Nashville Zoo Successfully Hatches Its First Chilean Flamingo

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the successful  hatching of a Chilean flamingo . This flamingo was brought to the Zoo as an egg by a Memphis Zoo keeper on July 16 and had been kept in an incubator to develop until it hatched in the early morning hours of Monday, July 29.  The chick will be held in the Veterinary Center Avian Incubation room, which is viewable by the public. Flamingo chicks grow fast, so guests are encouraged to visit sooner rather than later to see... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Caribbean Isn't the Only Place Where Flamingos Live

Many think flamingos only appear in bright pink hues and originate in the Caribbean, like the ones living at Nashville Zoo, but there are actually a variety of flamingo species that live around the world. In South America, three flamingo species — the Andean flamingo, St. James flamingo and Chilean flamingo — are all facing extinction due to habitat loss, climate change and human intrusion. During a recent trip to Laguna Colorada National Wildlife Sanctuary,... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Get to know our keepers for National Zoo Keeper Week!

It takes a village to run a Zoo, but it takes very special individuals to care for the animals. All this week we are celebrating and showing our appreciation for the zoo keepers that work hard behind the scenes caring for over 2500 animals. In the spirit of National Zoo Keeper Week, our keepers share their passion and love behind caring for the animals here at Nashville Zoo.  Jake Belair, Ambassador Animal Keeper Jenna Wolcyzk, Hoofstock Keeper Stephanie... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, July 19, 2019

Nashville Zoo Receives Perfect Score By Charity Navigator

Nashville Zoo is proud to report that we have received a perfect score of 100 by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities.  As a non-profit, conservation organization, Nashville Zoo is evaluated by a number of outside sources which assist donors in making informed giving decisions. Charity Navigator annually assesses more than 9,000 non-profits using an objective, numbers-based rating system. No other zoo or aquarium has a 100 percent... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Your Choices Matter: Single-Use Plastic

Plastic is nearly always present in our lives. From candy wrappers to water bottles, there are plastics we use every single day. Unfortunately, many of these products are immediately thrown away, and the waste produced ends up threatening many habitats and the animal and plant species that live in them.   The Plastic Problem You may not realize this, but every single piece of plastic that has ever been created is still here. Plastic is not biodegradable, so even items we only use... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Zoo Staff Sends Thousands of Puerto Rican Crested Toad Tadpoles for Release

On June 18, Nashville Zoo herpetology team successfully produced thousands of Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles that were then shipped to Puerto Rico for release. This was the sixth shipment of tadpoles to Puerto Rico. During this time, Zoo staff were able to capture the early stages of development in the eggs for these toads. Herpetology and veterinary staff started the breeding process by injecting the breeding pair with Amphiplex, an amphibian hormone that stimulates reproduction.... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, June 27, 2019

Keeper Travels to Africa to Save Sea Turtles

On a tiny beach on the west coast of Bioko, a small island part of Equatorial Guinea, is one of the only places leatherback sea turtles nest and lay their eggs. Poachers scour this beach to capture and kill the 800-900 pound leatherback turtles to sell their meat back in villages across the island and on the mainland. Because of the high level of poaching in this area, a team of five including one Nashville Zoo primate keeper, Rachel Schleicher, spent four and a half months from October... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, June 3, 2019

Nashville Zoo Welcomes Two Binturong Kits

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce Lucy, one of our behind-the-scenes Palawan binturongs, gave birth to two kits, one male and one female, late on Monday, May 13. “The kits are doing fantastic,” said Dr. Heather Robertson, Nashville Zoo Director of Veterinary Services. “However, Lucy was not able to produce milk for her babies, so we will be hand-raising the kits in one of our Veterinary Center Neonatal Care rooms, which includes a public viewing window."... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo

Recent Clouded Leopard Birth Includes Two Important Males

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce that River, Nashville Zoo's on-exhibit clouded leopard, gave birth to three cubs, two males and one female, on Monday, April 29 around 10:30 p.m.  “These three cubs are important because they will go on to pair with other clouded leopards and increase this species' captive population," said Dr. Heather Robertson, Nashville Zoo Director of Veterinary Services. “The two males are particularly... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Second Pair Of Cotton-Top Tamarin Twins Born at Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of two cotton-top tamarins on Saturday, April 20. This is the second birth of cotton-top tamarins twins since the opening of Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear in March 2018. Since cotton-top tamarins are critically endangered in the wild, every birth of captive cotton-tops helps secure the future of this decreasing population. “Keepers have been monitoring Caqueta for pregnancy over the last several months,” said Sabrina... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, April 29, 2019

Nashville Zoo Awarded AZA Accreditation For Fourth Time

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce it has been granted accreditation from The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). The Zoo has been accredited since 2003 and reaccredited four times. “One of our goals is to provide our animals with the best possible care,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President and CEO. “AZA accreditation ensures the public and zoos around the world that we are exceeding the standards for quality animal husbandry. It also highlights the fact... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Monday, April 22, 2019

Tiger Crossroads Exhibit Now Open!

Nashville Zoo opened its new Tiger Crossroads exhibit featuring four-year-old female Sumatran tigers to the public on Friday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. Originally built in 1989 as a black bear exhibit and then home to Bengal tigers until 2015, the Zoo’s tiger exhibit was in great need of renovation. Improvements to the exhibit enlarged the tigers’ habitat and night quarters, as well as added a new indoor viewing area for guests. The viewing building features reinforced glass panels... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, April 12, 2019

Nashville Zoo's AI Clouded Leopard Gives Birth To Two Cubs

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce Niran has given birth to two cubs between 1-2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. In 2017, Niran was the first clouded leopard ever to be born from artificial insemination (AI) through cryopreservation.   The newest cubs weigh about 187 and 192 grams each. With the addition of these cubs, the Zoo is now home to eight clouded leopards. Nashville Zoo has been working with these cats since 1987 and has welcomed 34 cubs since 2009. There are currently 69... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, March 28, 2019

Tiger Crossroads Exhibit To Open April 12

Nashville Zoo will open its new Tiger Crossroads exhibit featuring four-year-old female Sumatran tigers to the public on Friday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. Originally built in 1989 as a black bear exhibit and then home to Bengal tigers until 2015, the Zoo’s tiger exhibit was in great need of renovation. Improvements to the exhibit enlarged the tigers’ habitat and night quarters, as well as added a new indoor viewing area for guests. The viewing building features reinforced glass... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Nashville Zoo Welcomes First Ever Aardvark

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the arrival of Winsol, its very first aardvark. One-year-old Winsol arrived from Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden this past weekend and has been adjusting to Nashville life in the HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center Neonatal Animal Care Room. Guests are able to say hello through a outdoor viewing window.  Winsol will be a part of Nashville Zoo's Ambassador Animal program, participating in daily animal shows and walking around the Zoo... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, March 22, 2019

Significant Success in Clouded Leopard Breeding

In 2017, Niran was the first clouded leopard ever to be born from artificial insemination (AI) from frozen/thawed semen. Now, Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce she is pregnant through natural reproduction with her first cub(s). “We’ve made history with Niran and we’re making history again,” said Dr. Heather Robertson, Nashville Zoo Director of Veterinary Services. “Knowing that a clouded leopard born from artificial insemination... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, March 21, 2019

Nashville Predators Foundation Donates Proceeds of Calendars to Zoo

The Nashville Predators Foundation donated funds raised from the sale of the 2019 Nashville Predators team calendars to support Nashville Zoo's animal conservation efforts around the globe. The check for $44,063.05 was presented to Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President and CEO and Julie W. Walker, Nashville Zoo Board Chair, at the Tuesday, March 19 hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. “The Nashville Predators Foundation has been a tremendous community partner and supports... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Major Breakthrough for Eastern Hellbenders

Nashville Zoo’s ectotherm team took a monumental step toward continuing the growth of the local wild population of Eastern hellbenders. The team produced the largest amount of healthy Eastern hellbender eggs in human care through hormonal induction and artificial fertilization. These 24 healthy Eastern hellbenders are the largest success in seven years. The team has successfully been using a hormonal induction and artificial fertilization technique since 2012.  The zoo also... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, March 1, 2019

Nashville Zoo Welcomes Four Juliana Pigs

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the arrival of four Juliana pigs ( Sus   domesticus ) to Critter Encounters. The Zoo is welcoming three females, who were born in the same litter and a male, born with the same father as the females. These pigs will stay in Critter Encounters, so the guests can interact with them, and will also be trained to take leashed-walks throughout the Zoo. Other than during colder months where they will have access to a heated indoor area, they will be able to... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Rainforest Only Has One Chance

Deep in the Amazon, located outside the small town of Iquitos, Peru, far from electricity, wifi, air conditioning and even warm showers, stands the Rainforest Awareness Rescue and Education Center (RAREC). Its mission, as its founder and president John Garnica puts it, is simple. “Education is the key to lasting change,” Garnica said. “We want to work with the locals, and provide them with the tools they need to support themselves in an ecologically responsible manner, to... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, February 1, 2019

Zoo welcomes Adventure Science Center Members with Discount in January

During the month of January, Nashville Zoo and Adventure Science Center will offer their members a special reciprocal program.  Each organization will allow all members of the other organization admission to their attraction at a 50% discount. To qualify for the discount, members must show their membership card and a photo ID. Zoo members visiting the Adventure Science Center will receive a 50% discount for anyone listed on their Zoo membership card.  Adventure Science... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, December 17, 2018

More History About the Croft Sisters Discovered in Miami and Cuba

In early October, Tori Mason, Historic Site Manager, had the opportunity to travel to Miami, Florida and Havana, Cuba to research and learn more information about the Croft family, their business and their lives in Cuba. Jennifer Randles, Digital Materials Librarian at Tennessee State Library and Archives, and Mason spent several months in 2017 organizing more than 250 original documents from the Grassmere Collection for digitization and publishing on the archives’ TN Virtual Archives... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, November 19, 2018

Zoo partners with Harpeth Conservancy to showcase importance of local river

Nashville Zoo and the Harpeth Conservancy partnered through Lessons on the Harpeth to bring awareness to the importance of waterways to the Nashville community. “As a science-based organization, sometimes the science can get in a whirlpool behind the scenes, and it can be hard to communicate everything that we’re doing,” said Molly Warner with the Harpeth Conservancy. “This is a good chance to be able to connect with the public and show them a little bit of what... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, September 10, 2018

Nashville Zoo Successfully Breeds Rare Species

UPDATE: Nashville Zoo welcomed one more Central American giant galliwasp ( Diploglossus monotropis ) born in August 2018. This is the second successful birth of this species at Nashville Zoo. This species is infamously difficult to breed. Once the females lay the eggs, they go into hiding for about four months until the babies are hatched. In that time, keepers refrain from checking on them, in case the mother becomes startled and defensively eats the eggs, so predators do not eat... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Three More Meerkat Pups Born at Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of three meerkats on July 11, 2018. This is the second litter for parents Calvin (age 12) and Victoria (age 10). The pair has been together for 3.5 years, but only just recently produced pups last August. This will bring Nashville Zoo’s total to 8 meerkats. With the newest trio, Nashville Zoo primate area supervisor, Sabrina Barnes said this is a great opportunity for the three other siblings to learn how to take care of the young, so... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, August 3, 2018

Tools to Keep Animals Cool at Nashville Zoo

In Tennessee, July means scorching sun and record-breaking temperatures. At Nashville Zoo, keepers find creative ways to keep the animals cool. The Behavioral Husbandry department at the Zoo is home to ambassador animals that are native to locations all over the world, from tropics, to mountains, to deserts. Because of the diverse climates these animals come from, ensuring the comfort of each animal during the summer is an extremely thought-through process. One way to combat the heat, is... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Nashville Zoo Keepers Use Disguising Techniques to Feed Snowy Owl Chicks

Nashville Zoo welcomed two snowy owls on July 13 and July 15. These owls are the first raptors to be hatched at Nashville Zoo since the Zoo was located in Joelton, TN back in the 1990s. Unlike other animals, such as our clouded leopards, where working with their keepers from an early age helps them become more comfortable with humans later in life, some species of birds, including snowy owls, have the reverse reaction to working closely with humans as chicks. “Baby birds can become... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Two Iconic Tennessee Entities Partner to Save a Species

What pairs well with Jack Daniel’s? Here at Nashville Zoo, our rhinoceros hornbills do! Nashville Zoo and Jack Daniel’s have partnered to give our nesting rhinoceros hornbills a temporary home by donating unused whiskey barrels. The partnership started back in 2008. Rhinoceros hornbills are fairly large birds that need large hollow spaces to lay their eggs and care for their young. “Rhino Hornbills are cavity nesters,” said Joe deGraauw, Nashville Zoo Avian... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Herpetology Team Sends Puerto Rican Crested Toad Tadpoles to Bolster Wild Population

Nashville Zoo recently sent its fifth group of Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles to Puerto Rico for reintroduction at different parts of the island, as part of the Puerto Rican Crested Toad Species Survival Plan (SSP).  These tadpoles are helping to bolster the population size of the federally endangered Puerto Rican crested toad in its native habitat. The 958 tadpoles produced at Nashville Zoo will be released in Puerto Rico at the same time as tadpoles produced at other zoos and... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Nashville Zoo Staff Assist Three Curassow Chicks in Hatching

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the hatching of our second and third Blue-billed Curassow chicks, both male, the last of three eggs produced over the month of June to parents Albert, 3, and Victoria, 5. This critically endangered species is rare in zoos and can be challenging to breed. All three of the chicks needed assistance to hatch from the egg when they failed to crack through the eggshell. Chicks usually do not need full assistance to hatch from their shell. A chick will... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 4, 2018