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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 ... 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

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

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

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

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

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, October 1, 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

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

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 Keeper First International Volunteer at Bongo Surveillance Project

After working with bongo for most of her keeper career, Nikole Edmunds, Nashville Zoo Hoofstock Keeper, traveled to Africa to work with them in the wild. Edmunds is the first international volunteer to ever work with the Bongo Surveillance Project, BSP, the only organization in Kenya specifically monitoring the critically endangered Mountain or “Eastern” Bongo in the wild. The BSP’s mission is to educate the public, specifically local Kenyans, about how to protect bongos,... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Nashville Zoo Veterinarian Travels to Africa to help protect highly-poached animals

Dr. Heather Robertson, DVM ventured across continents to South Africa in November 2017 to the Thanda Safari Reserve where she was able to assist in the process of protecting highly-poached animals, such as the South African elephant and South African white rhinoceros. While the Southern white rhino is the least endangered of the living rhino species with 21,077 remaining in the wild, they are listed as near threatened due to habitat loss and illegal poaching. In South Africa alone, poachers... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, March 30, 2018

Female Clouded Leopard Cub Born at Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a female clouded leopard,  Neofelis nebulosa , on Monday, February 19. This is the sixth litter for eight-year-old parents Lom Choy, mother, and Luk, father. The couple have been paired for mating since they were one year old and have been having litters since 2011. Their newest cub weighed about 188 grams at birth. With the addition of this cub, the Zoo is now home to nine clouded leopards. Nashville Zoo has had 32 clouded leopards born... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, March 27, 2018

UPDATED: Saddle-billed stork eggs not viable, the saga continues

The typical incubation for saddle-billed stork eggs averages about 31 days. We gave our saddle-billed storks an extra week of incubating beyond their due date before deciding to remove the eggs from the nest. This was done to ensure that they were not delayed in their development causing them to hatch later than expected. Earlier this week keeper staff finally removed the overdue eggs from the nest. The parents were not pleased at first, but quickly adjusted to the freedom of no longer needing... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, January 22, 2018

Nashville Zoo Keeper Travels to South Africa to Help Endangered Penguins

In late November, Alison Day, Ambassador Animal Keeper, traveled 8,300 miles to Cape Town, South Africa, to volunteer at the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds ( SANCCOB ). As part of SANCCOB’s keeper exchange program, Day was able to care for the close to 200 birds at the facility and rehabilitate them, so they were prepared to return to their colonies. SANCCOB is a registered non-profit organization whose primary objective is to reverse the decline of... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Get Involved with the Great Backyard Bird Count

Are you interested in helping birds? Get involved in the 20th 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. 16-19. You can count birds from anywhere; the warmth of your home, walking, or your nearest park. This data is submitted online to researchers who use it to assist in tracking bird migrations and getting population counts of different species.... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, December 1, 2017

Be Sweet to Orangutans This Halloween!

We are setting the scene for this year’s popular Boo at the Zoo celebration which includes more than three tons of sweet treats for kids. From to M&M’s to Tootsie Roll Pops, this year’s candy offerings have more in common than high sugar levels - they are all made using sustainable palm oil. The Zoo is proud to continue our commitment to saving wildlife by only offering candy made with sustainable palm oil. Why is this important? Read below. What is Palm Oil? ... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, October 20, 2017

Red Ruffed Lemur Family Now on Exhibit at Nashville Zoo

(Blog update on July 25, 2017) Guests visiting Nashville Zoo can now see the four red ruffed lemur babies born on May 30, 2017. The two month old lemurs have joined their parents Lyra and Dino and three older siblings on exhibit along Bamboo Trail. “The four babies are hopping around and playing with each other a lot as they explore and climb in their exhibit, said Sabrina Barnes, Primate Area Supervisor. “Thalia and Calliope, the one-year-old sisters, have really started... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, July 24, 2017

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 Friday, June 30, 2017

Conservation Lounge Helps Save 5,000 acres for Rainforest Trust

Brew at the Zoo presented by M.L. Rose, Nashville Zoo’s annual beer festival event, took place on a beautiful evening in June. Guests enjoyed some of Nashville's best breweries, animal encounters, live music, food and festivities! Brew attendees also got to meet the historic clouded leopard cub, Niran, learn about protecting the last great forests of Northern Borneo at the Conservation Lounge, and drank among the flamingos around Jungle Loop. This year's Conservation Lounge... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nashville Zoo Participates in Giraffe Conservation in Uganda

In March, Nashville Zoo hoofstock keeper, Stephanie Edling, journeyed alongside Julian Fennessy, the cofounder and co-director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, to conduct field work and gather information on inbreeding, collect DNA samples and test new GPS collars on Rothschild’s giraffes ( Giraffa camelopardalis ) in the Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda.   The week consisted of exploring three different routes to locate giraffes. Stephanie’s team was responsible... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Spawning Season for Zoo's Koi Fish

One of the Zoo’s most beautiful exhibits is one that most guests don’t notice on initial glance. The Zoo is home to a group of stunning koi fish that swim among the ponds that weave throughout Bamboo Trail. Known for their beautiful markings and calm demeanor, koi fish typically get along very well with little to no competitiveness or aggression toward each other. However, over the last few weeks, our group of koi were making it a little bit harder to go unnoticed with swift... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, June 2, 2017

What's the Difference Between Turtles and Tortoises?

Did you know that tortoises are turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises ? Most people use the term “turtle” to reference any reptile with a shell on its back, but there’s several differences between these two unique creatures. World Turtle Day® is on May 23, and the Zoo is excited to raise awareness and share ways we all can enhance the conservation of turtles and tortoises. In order to help this animal, it’s important to know the difference between these... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, May 4, 2017

Nashville Zoo & Smithsonian Make History with Birth of Clouded Leopard

Update: Clouded Leopard has a name! Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the name of the clouded leopard cub born on March 1. Our partners at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, Dr. Adrienne Crosier and Dr. Pierre Comizzoli, were given the opportunity to name the historic cub and have chosen the Thai name, Niran (pronounced Nee-ron), which means eternal and everlasting. Niran opened his eyes just in time for Spring and has nearly tripled in size.  Birth... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nashville Zoo + Cumberland River Compact Forge Ahead with Stormwater Management Project

The Nashville Crayfish and other aquatic species have new habitats to explore! Nashville Zoo, in collaboration with the Cumberland River Compact, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, and KCI Technologies Inc., removed two dams on Cathy Jo Branch. “There is a large drive by biologists, NGO’s along with Federal and state wildlife agencies to remove non-essential dams.  Dam removal allows for the migration of aquatic species which were previously blocked by dams within a... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fifth Masai Giraffe Born at Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male Masai giraffe. The calf was born February 10, weighing 163 lbs. and standing 6 feet, 3 inches tall. Mother, Margarita and calf are doing well and are currently off exhibit in the Zoo’s giraffe barn. This is Margarita’s fifth calf and second male to be born at the Zoo. “Margarita is a proven and successful mom for her calves, and this calf was no exception,” said Greg Peccie, Director of Animal Operations.... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, February 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 possible... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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

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