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Zoo Outlook for Fall & Winter 2015/2016

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 more. ... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | 1 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 | 40 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 | 2 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 in the spring 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 plan to open a permanent... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, November 2, 2015 | 6 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 diversity to... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 7 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 | 4 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 the... 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 | 1 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.   Albert hatched... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 1 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 | 1 comments

Komodo Dragon Update

Our Komodo Dragons, Agnes and Tula, have relocated to a new home at Critter Encounters. Another, named Olivia, is 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... 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 | 0 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 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28) and cannot be combined with... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | 5 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 tortoises that range in... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Friday, July 3, 2015 | 5 comments

New Animal Updates – June 2015

New animals have arrived at several exhibits throughout the Zoo. Tapir Living up to his name, our Baird’s tapir Romeo has enjoyed getting to know a new female that has joined him on exhibit. Tapirs are broad, primitive creatures whose appearance has changed little in thousands of years. In recent years, zoos have focused on diversifying the captive population, so keepers are hopeful for a baby tapir in 2016. Springbok More springbok have been added to Africa field,... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Thursday, July 2, 2015 | 2 comments

Clouded Leopard Cubs Go On Exhibit

UPDATE: Sip Saam and Natida, the Zoo’s clouded leopard cubs born in March, are making public appearances every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. through the end of September 2015. “It’s been several years since we have exhibited clouded leopard cubs, so I know the public is anxious to see them,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor at Nashville Zoo. “At nearly four months old, Sip Saam and Natida enjoy exploring the habitat, climbing trees and chasing one another around.”  ... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 8 comments

Grow Wild Campaign Update – Cabinet Announced

Our Grow Wild capital campaign is pleased to announce the members of its fundraising cabinet. The 15-person committee, led by campaign chair Jennifer Frist, will be responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting top prospects for our $160M expansion. “We are thrilled to introduce this group of dedicated community leaders who are committed to building a world class zoo for our city,” said Suzanne Iler, chief development officer. “Their involvement and strong connections in the... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | 1 comments

New Ticketing System

We have recently launched a new commerce system that will make for smoother purchases online and faster entry at the Zoo. Purchasing Online Tickets Advance tickets can now be purchased online! Skip waiting in line at the Zoo and purchase your tickets in advance of your visit. You can either print the tickets or pull them up on your smart phone for entry.  Memberships As always, we recommend joining or renewing your membership online. However, applying admission and upgrading... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, June 5, 2015 | 5 comments

Expedition Peru - Trek of the Andean Bear

Beginning in spring of 2016, visitors to Nashville Zoo will venture on a Peruvian expedition thanks in large part to the generosity of several lead contributors to our Andean bear exhibit. Partnering with the Zoo on this endeavor are: Cynthia and Dave Arnholt Kelley and Lee Beaman & the Alvin and Sally Beaman Foundation Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation Sally and Neely Coble, III Joe C. Davis Foundation Dugas Family Foundation Missy and... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | 3 comments

Joeys of Summer

The baby boom at Kangaroo Kickabout is in full swing! Six joeys can now be seen at the exhibit exploring their surroundings and greeting guests. GET TO KNOW OUR CREW Buckley Just turned one on May 17 and likes to stay close to his mom, the very popular Ima. Ube's 2nd Joey Kangaroo mama, Ube's 2nd joey is now peeking out of the pouch. Bendigo 11 months old who likes to stay close to his mom Ura most of the time. Comet 10 months and also stays close to mom... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | 6 comments

Tadpoles Go Home

Nashville Zoo Sends Puerto Rican Crested Toads back to Puerto Rico for reintroduction in the wild Earlier this month, Nashville Zoo shipped 1,072 Puerto Rican Crested Toad tadpoles back to Puerto Rico for reintroduction in the Guanica Natural Habitat. Since 2012, the Zoo has shipped over 11,000 tadpoles for reintroduction as part of a coordinated reintroduction program for this critically endangered species. Each tadpole shipment requires months of coordination and planning. On the day of... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Friday, May 15, 2015 | 1 comments

Zoo Mourns Loss of Cougar

Due to declining health issues, Nashville Zoo has euthanized Jackson, an 18-year old cougar. Jackson passed away on May 7. “This is a very sad day for all of us at Nashville Zoo,” said Dr. Heather Robertson, director of veterinary services at Nashville Zoo. “Jackson had been battling renal (kidney) disease for the last few years. He had done well with medical support until recently when his condition began to rapidly decline. Due to this decline, the veterinary and keeper staff believed humane... Read More
at Thursday, May 7, 2015 | 4 comments

ML Rose's "ANM.L." burger to support Pallas cat conservation

Our Brew at the Zoo title sponsor, M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, is celebrating May with a special burger of the month. M.L. Rose will donate $1 for every ANM.L. Burger sold to support Nashville Zoo’s conservation efforts with the Pallas cat. The ANM.L. burger promotion is available at both M.L. Rose locations throughout May. For more information, visit www.mlrose.com . The Pallas cat is a small feline species with a wide but disconnected range stretching from Iran through the... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Friday, May 1, 2015 | 2 comments

Keeper Spotlight: Karen Rice's success with clouded leopards

Karen Rice is carnivore supervisor at Nashville Zoo and has worked with clouded leopards for the past 12 years. With the recent arrival of our 25th and 26th cubs, we want to spotlight Karen, whose work has been instrumental in our breeding success of this exciting animal. Ming as a cub How did you get start working with clouded leopards? Nashville Zoo acquired our first pair of clouded leopard cubs (at our current location) in 2003 when I was the supervisor of Critter... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 2 comments

Seafood Watch

Spring time means it is grilling time! Do you know what fish you’re eating? The high demand for seafood affects fish and marine life worldwide. Habitat destruction and overfishing are causing a significant population decline and wrecking our ecosystems. The choices we make as consumers drive the seafood marketplace. Your purchasing power can make a difference by supporting those fisheries and fish farms that are better for the environment, while at the same time relieving pressure on others... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Monday, April 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Elephant Herd Updates

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

Two Clouded Leopards Born in March

We are proud to announce the births of two clouded leopards born March 13 and March 18. The cubs, both female, are doing well and are being hand-raised together. “Nashville Zoo is on the forefront of clouded leopard care and conservation,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor. “The births of these two cubs aids in our conservation efforts and benefits the long-term plan to create a sustainable captive population.” Clouded leopards are considered vulnerable to extinction due to... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 20 comments

Ape Awareness Month: Why We Love Lesser Apes!

Why are small apes just as cool as great apes? Lesser apes refers only to size. Where great apes range from 85-lb. bonobos to 450-lb. gorillas, lesser apes range from 10 to 30 pounds. All ape species are long lived with average lifespans ranging from 30 to 50 years. Gibbons are the only apes that are monogamous. Pairs will sing daily duets with males and females synching their vocalizations to help reinforce their bond and claim territory as theirs. The throat sac of the siamang (a... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Zoo Discovers Ape’s Ability to Take Selfies

The definition that separates man from ape is being challenged again now that primate keepers at Nashville Zoo have discovered that a collection of Siamangs (a small ape species) at the Zoo are capable taking pictures of themselves and sharing those shots on social media. “We really thought it was a fluke at first,” says April Jester, Nashville Zoo’s lead Siamang keeper. “I accidently dropped my Samsung Galaxy S4 while I was cleaning and Bahari (our male Siamang) picked it right up,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 3 comments

Spring Visiting Tips

Spring time is often our busiest time here at the Zoo, so we put together some tips to help you make the most out of your visit! Tip #1: Best Time of Day to Visit Weekdays – During April and May, the Zoo is especially crowded with school groups on Thursday and Friday mornings. If you are looking to avoid these crowds, we suggest you choose an alternate day or try visiting in the late afternoon. Remember, the Zoo is open every day until 6 p.m. Weekends – Get to the Zoo bright and... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 3 comments

Tips for a Great Eggstravaganzoo Experience

Eggstravaganzoo is this Saturday, April 4! We hope you're planning to join us for our annual spring festival featuring the biggest and best egg hunts in town. Historically, this upcoming weekend is a busy one at the Zoo, so we've put together tips and hints to help make your visit the best one yet. Tips for a great Eggstravaganzoo Experience! Arrive Early. Plan to arrive at least one hour in advance of the egg hunt for your child's age group to allow plenty of time to park the... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Monday, March 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Giraffe Herd Updates

Big changes are coming to our giraffe herd! Bahati as a calf Giraffe Calf Coming Soon Our animal care team is closely monitoring the fourth pregnancy for our Masai giraffe Margarita and expect a birth in summer. “Margarita is doing well and all seems to be progressing normally,” said Lanny Brown, mammal curator. “We are planning on an early July birth.” Goodbye Bahati & Layla To make room for the new addition, we will soon be saying goodbye to Bahati and... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | 10 comments

Duikers' Zoo Debut

Nashville Zoo’s antelope collection continues to expand with the addition of yellow-backed duikers to an exhibit on Bamboo Trail. “Yellow-backed duikers are small antelopes native to the forests of central and west Africa,” said Lanny Brown, mammal curator. “There are around 60 yellow-backed duikers in North American zoos, so we are excited to give our visitors the chance to learn more about this rare and relatively unknown animal.” The two females, ages 3 years old and 9 months old,... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | 3 comments

Wrangle Your Own Weeds

We’ve wrapped up our first Weed Wrangle – but the work is not done. Invasive plants are all over Tennessee and can most likely be found in your own backyard. Do your part to curb the growth of weeds that negatively impacted our ecosystem and wreak havoc on native plants and animals. Helpful Tips Weed Wrangle at home. Remove exotic invasives from your landscape. We recommend checking out the Tennessee Exotic Pests Plant Council website for information on controlling some of... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | 1 comments

Supporter Spotlight: Julie Walker

Nashville Zoo is certainly fortunate to benefit from the Walker family’s philanthropic support. Julie, Breck, Zach and Cord recently enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour with Nashville Zoo President Rick Schwartz. Congo, our male giraffe, is always happy to share a lettuce snack with a friend! Serving on the Executive Committee, Julie is a devoted member of our Nashville Zoo Board of Directors. As evidence of her tremendous commitment, she also Chairs the Board Governance and Building... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Make your backyard more attractive to birds in winter

There are lots of ways you can attract birds to your backyard, even during the winter months. Even though most birds in Tennessee fly south for the winter, there are several birds that stay here during the cooler months. Common Tennessee winter residents: American Goldfinch American Robin Blue Jay Carolina Chickadee Carolina Wren Dark-eyed Junco Downy Woodpecker Eastern Bluebird Eastern Towhee House Finch House Sparrow... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Monday, February 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Join the Zoo for Weed Wrangle 2015

We need your help! Join Nashville Zoo for the first annual Weed Wrangle, a city-wide clean-up day dedicated to ridding Nashville of non-native plant species. Weed Wrangle is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. - noon. Exotic invasive plants, particularly bush honeysuckle and Chinese privet, have outcompeted native plant species over the last hundred years on the Zoo’s Grassmere property. Without natural predators, this invasive vegetation has negatively impacted the ecosystem, causing... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 3 comments

First Alpaca Born at the Zoo

We are pleased to announce the birth of an alpaca on Saturday, Dec. 13. The baby, a male named Bandit, is the first to be born at Nashville Zoo and can be seen at Critter Encounters. “Based on the mother’s weight gain, we had predicted the baby would be born in spring, so his arrival on a December Saturday morning was quite a surprise,” said Kacie Cummings, Contact Area Supervisor. “We are thrilled that baby Bandit is healthy and on exhibit with the rest of our alpacas.” With the addition... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | 8 comments

Ft. Campbell Veterinary Collaboration

For zoo animals caught in the crossfire of war, the stories are grim. Abandonment, starvation and looting become new threats in an uncertain future. But did you know that the United States military has a special corps of soldiers whose mission it is to provide veterinary expertise during times of conflict, war, and other emergencies? Nashville Zoo recently partnered with the Veterinary Services Division out of Fort Campbell Army Base in Kentucky to help these military veterinarians become... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Friday, December 12, 2014 | 3 comments

Dugas Foundation funds Andean Bear Peruvian lodge

Momentum continues to build for Nashville Zoo’s Grow Wild campaign. We are thrilled to announce that the Dugas Family Foundation has committed $1M towards construction of the Peruvian Lodge in the Andean Bear Exhibit. Given the foundation’s areas of interests, including children and youth services, the environment and natural resources, and education, the Zoo is a perfect fit for their philanthropic funding. Laura Dugas stated, “Our family was enthusiastic and unanimous in our support. The... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Monday, November 24, 2014 | 3 comments

Zoo Supporters Match $10M Gift from City of Nashville

Nashville Zoo is proud to announce that we have matched the City of Nashville’s $10M investment challenge. As a thank you to the city, we will be offering a Buy-One-Get-One free admission promotion to all guests Sunday Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 12, as well as complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate. Nashville’s $10 million investment in the Zoo was approved earlier this year as part of the city’s capital funding budget and was contingent upon the Zoo’s ability to match the funds with... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Monday, November 24, 2014 | 3 comments

More Roo to Love

There are now even more roo’s to encounter at Nashville Zoo’s Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. Up to six of the Zoo’s nine female kangaroos are carrying joeys, and several have reached the stage in development where they are poking out of their mothers’ pouches and can be seen by guests. “We have been waiting with anticipation for a joey sighting since confirming the first pregnancy in April,” said Kacie Cummings, Contact Areas Supervisor. “Our joeys range in age from one month to six months, so... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 4 comments

Construction Update: New Entrance

Thanks to the tremendous support we have received from the community, Nashville Zoo has reached a pinnacle moment in our story. Over the next several years, we have an opportunity to grow our organization and offer guests’ unique experiences and animal encounters that you can’t get anywhere else. Andean bears, spider monkeys and a world-class Africa exhibit are all on the horizon , but several infrastructural components must first be addressed to improve the visiting experience. If you’ve... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 31 comments

Grow Wild with Nashville Zoo!

Nashville Zoo is in the quiet phase of a campaign to raise funds to expand exhibits and build habitats for new species, develop a wonderful experience for our visitors, and provide quality care for the valued animal collection through a new veterinary hospital. The campaign name, Grow Wild , was unveiled at the recent Zoo Board Retreat. “Our Zoo is a true Nashville treasure, and we invite the community to Grow Wild for Nashville Zoo ,” shared campaign co-chair Jennifer Frist. Nashville Zoo... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Friday, October 31, 2014 | 1 comments

Winter Visiting Guide

Winter Season – Less Crowds, Same Animals! Many animals at Nashville Zoo have adapted to the Middle Tennessee climate, making winter a great time to visit. Here’s a guide to what you can expect on a winter visit to the Zoo. Temperature Guidelines Below 50°F - When conditions are in this temperature range, our keepers will look at other conditions. Is it sunny? Is there a cold or warm wind? How old is the animal? These conditions will determine if and how long primates, giraffe, and... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Friday, October 31, 2014 | 9 comments

Cemetery Dedication Set for November 22

Nashville Zoo sits on land that has a rich and intriguing history. From an original land grant in 1786 to today, many people have inhabited this site. Michael Dunn, his son-in-law Lee Shute and grandson William Dickson Shute, all owners of the land, were all slave owners. . From 1810 until the time of Emancipation, around 33 enslaved individuals lived, worked and died at Grassmere. Before Nashville Zoo began management of the property, it was owned by the Cumberland Science Museum (today... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 3 comments

Introducing Phayara, our red panda cub

Our new red panda cub has made her debut. Phayara, named by a public vote, can be seen on exhibit in the Zoo’s Bamboo Trail. “Since her birth on July 3, Phayara has been in her den growing into a healthy red panda cub and learning the skills needed to navigate her exhibit,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor. “Once she started regularly coming out of her nest box around mid-September, we monitored her to make sure that she was able to negotiate her surroundings and that had the strength... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 1 comments

National Veterinary Technician Week

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA) has proclaimed October 12-18, 2014 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 Technician?... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Monday, October 13, 2014 | 1 comments

Rainforest Day at the Zoo on 10/17

Friday October 17th, the Zoo will be celebrating Rainforest Day. A majority of the species housed at the Nashville Zoo are found in the Earth’s rainforests. Did you know? 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest In 1950 15% of the Earth’s land surface was made up of rainforests, today that number has dropped to only 6% More than half of the world’s animal and plant species are found in rainforests An estimated 25% of the world’s... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 0 comments