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Nashville Zoo Takes on Manatee Conservation with RAREC

Imagine having to rely on the wild life in your own neighborhood for food.  Many poor and undeveloped countries around the world do not have the luxury of receiving imports to fill grocery stores or super markets. They rely on their environment as a food source and, in many cases, a source of income to support their families. This results in killing and eating or selling many exotic animals as a means of survival. John Garniac, director of the Rainforest Awareness Rescue and Education... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 0 comments

Zoo Vet Team's Latest Surgery Makes a Splash!

Zoo veterinarians conduct routine procedures on a wide array of exotic animals. While it's common to perform surgery on a big cat, repair the shell of a turtle , or conduct ultrasounds on a tapir , our team encounters some patients that are not so ordinary. Recently, our vet team conducted surgery on a most unusual patient– a three-foot long fish! Keepers noticed a growth under the jaw of one of the oldest fish in the River Tanks at our Unseen New World exhibit. This black... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, January 2, 2017 | 6 comments

Nashville Zoo Supports Conservation Efforts in Southern Africa

One of the biggest threats to animals worldwide comes as a byproduct of the desire to put food on the table for many impoverished families. Wire snares are set along animal paths in the hopes of trapping a meal or catching an animal to be sold in the black market. Unfortunately, these wire nooses are indiscriminate so any animal (wild or domesticated) is capable of getting caught in the trap. However, local residents in South Africa are now learning that snare wire can be used as an alternative... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 1 comments

Endangered Yellow Blotched Map Turtles Hatch at Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is excited to announce the hatching of four endangered yellow-blotched map turtles. This hatching ranks Nashville Zoo as the third AZA institution to ever successfully breed these beautifully patterned turtles. “This is an exciting hatching for the yellow-blotched map turtle and for the Zoo,” says Dale McGinnity, Nashville Zoo’s Ectotherm Curator.  “We are bringing awareness to the community about this threatened species and hope to increase support... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 2 comments

Gifts that Give Back at Nashville Zoo's Zawadi Market

Give a gift that gives back this holiday season! The Zoo’s gift shop, Zawadi Market, has creative gifts for everyone in your herd. Want to make an impact this holiday season? Shop with a purpose this Holiday season and check out our Holiday Gift Guide! Nashville Zoo offers gifts that keep on giving - beyond FAIRTRADE 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... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Nashville Zoo Heads to South America!

(Update as of  December 20, 2016)    Zookeeper, Pujita, returned from her two week excursion in the Pantanal at the end of November. Between the early mornings and South American heat, Pujita and the team were able to successfully collect data from four anteater recaptures and two giant armadillo recaptures (the capture of animals that have already been collared).    Pujita recalls her first time seeing an anteater in the wild, procedures and... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, November 14, 2016 | 0 comments

How Much Medicine Do You Give a Lorikeet?

How do you know if you’re giving too much or too little medicine to a dog or cat? Typically, your pet’s veterinarian prescribes medications based on the abundant knowledge of domestic animal medicine. But how does the Zoo’s Veterinary Team know how much medication to prescribe tiny, exotic birds that weigh only a few ounces? Nashville Zoo has a flock of over 80 lorikeets which all receive regular treatments of the drug ponazuril. This medication protects lorikeets from... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Nashville Zoo Receives International Award for Gorilla Conservation

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the primary accrediting body for top zoos and aquariums in the United States, awarded Nashville Zoo the 2016 International Conservation Award for their work with the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) benefiting Grauer’s gorillas. The annual award recognizes exceptional efforts toward regional habitat preservation, species restoration, and support of biodiversity in the... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 0 comments

Zoo Construction: Progress Report for Fall 2016

This is an update to our construction blog post from earlier this year. 2016 has been a year of building at Nashville Zoo. More than 800,000 guests have walked our pathways to witness new and exciting areas under construction, and we appreciate the patience and words of encouragement you have given us this year!   Progress Report: White Rhinoceros Exhibit Our White Rhinoceros exhibit (formerly the African Elephant Savannah) needed several alterations to insure a safe and... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 29 comments

Tis’ the Season for Drunk Birds Flying Into Windows

Did you know up to a billion birds die due to glass collisions annually in the United States? We’ve all experienced the shock of hearing a bird hit a window and rushing to check if the bird was okay. Birds are more likely to fly into windows during this time of year for two interesting reasons. Around this time of the year, much of the fruit on trees and on the ground is fermenting. When birds consume fermented fruit, it has similar effects of a human drinking alcohol. Another factor... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 3 comments

National Veterinary Technician Week

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA) has proclaimed October 16 - 22, 2016 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. Interested in what it takes to become a Veterinary... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, October 14, 2016 | 2 comments

Special Delivery! 30 Hatchling Alligator Snapping Turtles Land in Nashville

Nashville Zoo Receives Grant to Help Save the Alligator Snapping Turtles Nashville Zoo is excited to share recent conservation news regarding field work and research for a species right here in Tennessee… the evolutionarily distinct, alligator snapping turtle. Often confused with the common snapping turtle which thrives in waterways all across Tennessee, the prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtle is most easily distinguished by three large ridges along the back of its shell... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | 5 comments

Celebrate World Rhino Day on September 22

As Nashville Zoo prepares for the upcoming opening of the new white rhino exhibit, we also celebrate and recognize World Rhino Day ! Later this year, we will welcome a pair of male white rhinos into the former elephant habitat. In the future, the Zoo plans to import a group of female white rhinos with plans to breed the group as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan .  Nashville Zoo rhino conservation efforts extend beyond our participation in... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, September 19, 2016 | 10 comments

ZOO BABY: Baird's Tapir Born August 28

Nashville Zoo is happy to announce the August 28th birth of a male Baird’s tapir. This is the first birth for mom Juliet and her mate Romeo, who came to Nashville Zoo from Central America in 2008 to introduce a new genetic line into the United States tapir population. The animal care team had been closely observing the first time mom for several weeks as she prepared to welcome her first baby. New camera systems were installed in the tapir birthing stall so vet staff and keepers could... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | 14 comments

Brew at the Zoo brings in $10,000 for conservation!

Brew at the Zoo presented by M.L. Rose, Nashville Zoo’s annual beer festival event, took place on a rainy night in June. The weather did not stop hundreds of guests from joining in on the fun, food and festivities. Guests enjoyed some of Nashville's best breweries decked out in animal themed ponchos. Despite the heavy downpours, Brew guests enjoyed delicious food from some of Nashville's best food trucks, danced on Festival Field with live entertainment, learned about the... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, August 16, 2016 | 11 comments

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.    Why did you choose to become a zoo keeper? When I was a kid I wanted to be a... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, July 14, 2016 | 10 comments

ZOO BABY: New Face on Gibbon Islands

Baby Gibbon has a Name! Thanks to your overwhelming response to our baby gibbon naming contest, the Zoo will be donating over $1100 to Fauna and Flora International. Makaio was the winning name with $274 in donations (Makoto placed second with $176 and Mingli was third with $106 in donations). Thank you to everyone who generously donated and shared the contest with their friends!  Public Debut & Naming Contest A male white-cheeked gibbon was born on June 5. The family group... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, July 4, 2016 | 56 comments

BOGO Ticket Deal this Summer

We’re teaming up with Kroger this Summer for Kroger Safari Fridays.  During July and August, Kroger Plus Card holders can take advantage of a “buy one, get one” free ticket deal on Fridays. Kroger Plus Card holders can present their card at Nashville Zoo’s ticket booth to receive a free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal or greater value. The offer is valid only on Fridays in July and August (July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, 12, 19,... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, July 1, 2016 | 9 comments

New on Exhibit: Two-Toed Sloths

Nashville Zoo is excited to announce the addition of two-toed sloths to its animal collection. Guests can see the mother, Edith, and her son, Emmett, in the Aviary inside Unseen New World. “We’re happy to add this mom and youngster duo to the Unseen New World Aviary,” said Joe deGraauw, the Zoo’s Avian Curator. “The temperature and humidity requirements for this species makes them a perfect fit in the Aviary which also offers a naturalistic canopy and vine... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 10 comments

Who's Who in the Aviary

Walking into the Aviary inside Unseen New World a few things are obvious: the constant 76 degree temperature, tall trees, rushing water, and noisy birds.  However, it is easy to walk in and out without getting the full experience.  Use this guide to make sure you don’t miss the diversity of animals in this exhibit! What to look for There are currently 11 species of birds from Central and South America and Africa along with four turtles, and six anole lizards. Some... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, June 13, 2016 | 5 comments

CUTE ALERT: Three Red Ruffed Lemur Babies Born at Nashville Zoo

Update - Red ruffed lemur family goes back on exhibit!  Zoo guests now have the chance to meet the three young red ruffed lemurs born on May 24, 2016. Parents, Lyra and Dino, can be seen back on exhibit with their three babies. The four month old trio excitedly jumped through trees and played among the ropes as they explored their outdoor home. As of now, guests can see the lemur family on exhibit for part of the day. Once keepers feel comfortable and the lemurs have adapted... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 15 comments

Cassowary Introductions: Sy meets Marge!

The Nashville Zoo bird department anxiously anticipated and planned the introduction of our adult female and male Double Wattled Cassowaries. In 2011 the Zoo acquired a young male, Sy, and the female, Marge, arrived at the end of 2014. Over the last year these birds have grown up in adjoining exhibits allowing them to familiarize themselves with each other in hopes that they would become a breeding pair. Double Wattled Cassowary Breeding Double Wattled Cassowary are typically solitary... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, May 20, 2016 | 29 comments

Spring Births at the Zoo!

TWO FEMALE PALAWAN BINTURONGS BORN MARCH 7 Our second pair of Palawan binturongs finally had their cubs in early March! This is the second set of pups born here at Nashville Zoo and we are the only AZA accredited zoo breeding this species. We currently have a total of 7 Palawan binturongs in our collection: two mating pairs, a male who is part of our  Ambassador Animal program and these two pups. While one of the sister pups has already been picked up by Columbus Zoo’s... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 7 comments

Zoo Construction Update: Please Pardon Our Mess!

Nashville Zoo is currently undergoing several construction projects as part of Phase I of Grow Wild , bringing two new animal exhibits and vastly improve one existing exhibit. These projects will take some time, and we appreciate your patience and support as we grow. We’ve answered a few questions to help you plan your visit.   What animals are off exhibit due to construction? The vast majority of the Zoo is not affected by our construction. You can still walk... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 34 comments

Hands on Fun at the Zoo!

Visiting the Zoo is more than just looking at animals in exhibits. Visitors can also touch some unique animal friends in four interactive areas. These attractions provide guests with the opportunity to have hands on fun with some of nature’s friendliest animals. For those that have ever wanted to take a selfie with a goat or pet a kangaroo, the Nashville Zoo has a few interactive exhibits created just for you. Critter Encounters Located between Unseen New World and Flamingo... Read More
Posted by Ashley Harrison at Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 9 comments

What is Animal Enrichment?

"When an animal is under human care, we have removed an exquisitely adapted organism from the environment that shaped it over countless years. Stimulating their minds and activity levels allows us, in some small way, to give them back what has been lost in this transition." -Chris Jenkins CPBT-KA There’s a lot more that goes into being a zoo keeper than shoveling poop and feeding animals. Keepers spend time studying animals so they can give them the best life... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 6 comments

Who Speaks for the Trees? Musicians Do!

Trees do so much for us, making life healthier and better in many ways. But trees can’t tell us what they do for us and why we should care.  With a little help from our musical friends, Nashville Zoo and The Nature Conservancy launched “If Trees Could Sing" - an innovative tree education program at the Zoo.  Through the program, 12 colorful tree signs have been installed in two areas at Nashville Zoo. Each sign not only identifies the tree, but also includes the photograph... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, February 19, 2016 | 7 comments

Behind-the-Scenes with the Zoo's Vet Team and Mrs. B

It’s not often that one gets the opportunity to observe a turtle spa day. Dr. Heather Robertson, DVM and her veterinarian team were kind enough to invite us to observe a behind-the-scenes shell treatment on one of the Zoo’s resident Spot-bellied Side-necked Turtles (Phrynops hilarii), Mrs. Beasley. This isn’t your average turtle shell procedure – in this specific case, it’s known as Mrs. Beasley’s spa day.  Mrs. Beasley has been a part of the... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 9 comments

Historic Hellbender Hatches

It may not look like much but this larval hellbender is the result of a decade of work by Nashville Zoo Ectotherm Curator Dale McGinnity and a team of experts. Additionally, this little salamander represents a giant step in the survival of amphibians around the world. First Hellbender Externally Fertilized with Cryopreserved Sperm On October 11, 2015, the Zoo was successful in hatching an eastern hellbender that was the result of an egg being artificially fertilized with cryopreserved... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 11 comments

New at the Zoo

2016 brings new and exciting updates at the Nashville Zoo, including new animal exhibits, a renovated entry village, and the Soaring Eagle zip line. With the support of the City of Nashville and generous supporters and donors, Phase I of the Grow Wild campaign is currently underway with plans of opening new features and exhibits in 2016.   ENTRY VILLAGE | NOW OPEN Because of tremendous growth and record breaking attendance in recent years, the Zoo’s Entry Village was a... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, January 6, 2016 | 44 comments

Sneak Peek into the New Entry Village

The Zoo's entrance recently received a new face lift and made it's public debut on April 9, 2016. Because of tremendous growth and record breaking attendance in recent years, the Zoo’s Entry Village was a top priority for renovation in order to enhance the guest experience. It was designed for the day when Nashville Zoo welcomes more than a million visitors each year, which is right around the corner! Design Inspiration Zoo President Rick Schwartz’s vision of an... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, January 4, 2016 | 21 comments

Get Involved with the Great Backyard Bird Count

Are you interested in helping birds? Get involved in the 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. The Great Backyard Bird Count is citizen science project where people from around the world count birds for at least 15 minutes a day from Feb. 12-15. You can count birds from your own back porch. This data is submitted online to researchers who use it to assist in tracking bird migrations and getting population counts of different species. Scientists use information from the Great Backyard... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, December 28, 2015 | 1 comments

Significant Births at Nashville Zoo

Two Male Palawan Binturongs Born November 7 Nashville Zoo is proud to announce the birth of two male Palawan binturongs born Nov. 7. The pair named Wilbur and Templeton were a very special addition as they are the first of their subspecies to be born in the United States. The Palawan binturong ( Arctictis binturong whitei ) is a smaller subspecies of binturong (also known as bearcat) only reaching around 40 pounds. While they aren’t considered endangered, they are... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, December 28, 2015 | 9 comments

Boo at the Zoo's Record-Breaking Success

Over 29,000 of Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins attended the Nashville Zoo’s annual Halloween tradition, Boo at the Zoo this October. The event, presented by The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial, was a huge success breaking last year’s Ghouls at Grassmere attendance record. Families had the opportunity to trick-or-treat amongst the animals on the Story Tail Treat Trail, meet the favorite characters such as the Smurfs, princesses and superheroes, take a ride on the Howl-O-Ween... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, December 14, 2015 | 4 comments

Zoo Green Sweep Recap

On December 2, 2015, Zoo employees and volunteers took to the streets – and the sidewalks, zoo paths, and behind-the-scenes areas – to spruce up the Zoo and its surrounding neighborhood. Over 50 people participated for a 5 hour stretch of time spent bending, lifting, and hauling trash. It was a great way to work off some of those Thanksgiving calories, and a means to give back to the surrounding community. Areas cleaned up included Nolensville Pike (which borders the Zoo on the east),... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, December 14, 2015 | 2 comments

Behind-the-scenes: Rhinoceros Hornbill Breeding

The Rhinoceros Hornbill is one of 54 species of hornbills that exist. It can be distinguished by its banana-shaped casque on the top of its beak. The casque is made out of keratin, like our fingernails, and is very strong and lightweight. The Rhinoceros Hornbill faces many challenges which pose serious threats on the species. Along with the global issue of deforestation resulting in a loss of habitat, these birds are hunted as food, and ornaments are made out of their casques and feathers.... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 6 comments

Zoo Outlook for Fall & Winter 2016/2017

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 Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | 6 comments

Sunset Safari Recap - A Wet 'n Wild Party to Remember

Sunset Safari, Nashville Zoo’s primary fundraising event, took place on a rainy night in October but the weather did not stop hundreds of guests from joining in on the fun, food and festivities.  A record number of guests enjoyed over 50 restaurants and beverage providers offering creative, incredible and delicious bites and sips.   Kudos to event Chairs Anne Elizabeth McIntosh, Shelley Logan and Brenda Oslin whose leadership and efforts to grow the party’s attendance resulted... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Elephant Herd Transition

In April 2015, Nashville Zoo announced plans to eventually grow our African elephant herd. The following blog, written in November 2015, is an update of what has transpired since April and our plans moving forward. Juno, a 36-year old female African elephant was sent to The National Elephant Center in Fellsmere, Florida in April. This move marked the beginning of our plans to renovate our existing elephant barn to include state-of-the-art equipment and adhere to the latest standards of... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 44 comments

Tiger Exhibit Updates

This month, our tigers will be moved off exhibit so we can complete our planned exhibit renovation . Once complete, the exhibit will highlight a new species featuring three young female Sumatran tigers from Topeka Zoo. “Sumatran tigers are critically endangered with less than 400 left in the world,” said Zoo Mammal Curator Lanny Brown. “Our commitment to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) to care for this incredible species includes the eventual addition... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, November 2, 2015 | 9 comments

White Rhinos to Occupy Elephant Exhibit

Our African Elephant Savannah will soon become a temporary home for a bachelor group of white rhinoceros. The installation of this new species should be taking place sometime this year if modest renovations and animal acquisitions run according to plans. “We’ve been wanting to acquire white rhinos for some time,” said Zoo President Rick Schwartz. “The empty elephant exhibit gave use a great opportunity to move rhinos here and let the public see them long before we... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, November 2, 2015 | 13 comments

Meet Nasha, our newest Masai giraffe!

Nashville Zoo has a new giraffe named Nasha. She came to us in September from the Cincinnati Zoo and can be seen on exhibit along with our male Congo, adult female Margarita and 4-month old Enzi . Nasha was born at the Cincinnati Zoo on April 28, 2014 and gained immediate popularity due to a social media campaign that documented her birth . Nasha was chosen by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survial Plan to join Nashville’s herd, providing valuable genetic... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 10 comments

HCA Supports Nashville Zoo’s Veterinary Medical Center

As Nashville Zoo continues to Grow Wild, expanding its collection to include bears, lions, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses and gorillas, it is imperative that we construct a new medical facility to care for these iconic species. To meet this need, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) has partnered with Nashville Zoo to build a new state of the art, comprehensive animal health care and education facility. Nashville is the healthcare capital of the United States, and as the nation's leading... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 5 comments

Giraffe Born at Nashville Zoo

Update - Meet Enzi! Thanks to your overwhelming response to our giraffe naming contest, we are sending over 700 pairs of used jeans to the Jeans for Giraffes conservation program. The winning name, Enzi, was the far and away winner with 407 Pairs (Mahali placed second with 188 pairs and Mkali came in last with 131). In other giraffe news, our reticulated giraffe Layla is leaving this month for her new home, and we are expecting the arrival of an adult female Masai giraffe around... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | 102 comments

Bracken Family Provides Gift for Tiger Renovation

We are excited to announce that Richard and Judith Bracken & their children, through The Bracken Foundation, have made a generous contribution toward the renovation and expansion of Nashville Zoo’s tiger exhibit. They structured the gift in the form of a match, enabling the Zoo to double donations for this much needed improvement. The Bracken’s gift was matched by two other major contributors, which completed funding needed for this exhibit. The current tiger habitat was originally... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Monday, August 24, 2015 | 4 comments

Bird Updates

Bird Changes at Critter Encounters  If you’ve stopped by the bird area of Critter Encounters recently, you may have noticed some changes to our collection. The Zoo recently added a blue-billed curassow named Albert to the area. Blue-billed curassow’s are the rarest of their family and are one of the most endangered species of bird in the world. It is estimated that only around 250 individuals are left in small sections of forest in northern Columbia.  ... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 3 comments

Keeping It Cool – Bird Edition

As the long hot days of summer drag on, our animal care staff are always looking for creative ways to keep our collection cool in the heat. In this post, we’re spotlighting the different ways our avian keepers cool off our bird collection in the summertime. “Many birds at Nashville Zoo come from warm environments and have easily acclimated to our climate,” said Kristi Ness, lead bird keeper. “Water is often the most natural and enjoyable way for a lot of our birds to cool off, so we utilize... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 12 comments

Komodo Dragon Update

Our Komodo Dragons are now on exhibit at Unseen New World. “Agnes and Tula are the same age and close in size, currently around seven lbs. each,” said Jon Rold, area supervisor of herpetology. “At their previous exhibit in Unseen New World, they were able to see and smell each other through the mesh barrier, so they had time to get used to the other’s presence. They are doing great at Critter Encounter and are learning new training to aid in feeding and management in... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 3 comments

Zoo Receives Investment from the City

We are proud to announce that Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Council have allocated $10M this year to support major new developments at Nashville Zoo. The city’s investment is contingent upon the Zoo’s ability to match these funds dollar for dollar with private philanthropic support. “Mayor Karl Dean has been a strong advocate of the Zoo, and our growth would not have been possible without his support,” said Zoo president Rick Schwartz. “The city’s contribution will be used towards infrastructure... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Monday, July 27, 2015 | 1 comments

Introducing Our New Interactive Tortoise Exhibit

The Shell Station, our newest interactive exhibit featuring Sulcata tortoises, opens to the public this Saturday, July 4. “Nashville Zoo is thrilled to add another immersive experience that engages our visitors and connects them to the wild in a hands-on way,” said Rick Schwartz, Zoo president. “We thank Scott and Tracie Hamilton for funding this exhibit and adding another great educational opportunity for our guests.” The Shell Station features up to 24 Sulcata... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Friday, July 3, 2015 | 6 comments