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 visited during one of our high attendance days, chances are you have been stuck in traffic on Nolensville Pike, parked in a back lot or waited in a long line just to enter the Zoo. When our existing entrance opened in 1999, our annual attendance was less than half of what it is today. To address this tremendous growth, we have broken ground on a new entrance road and entry village that’s designed to handle high capacity crowds and get you into the Zoo faster.
We hope the effects of this construction on your visit will be minimal, however there are a few things you should know:
- During construction, guests will be using a temporary Zoo entry located to the left of the old entrance. The temporary entrance has all the features of the old buildings - same number of ticket windows, a dedicated membership building and stroller/wheelchair rental capabilities. Guests will be entering the Zoo by the amphitheater.
- Members can be checked in at any register, so long as you have a proper I.D. and member card. Can’t locate your membership card? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order a replacement and receive a temporary e-card that can be used immediately.
- Animal shows have been suspended and the hyacinth macaw exhibit will be closed to the public during construction.
When it’s complete, the new entry village will feature state-of-the-art membership and ticket facilities, restrooms, private room for nursing mothers, first aid station, security, new gift shop and more.
Barring unforeseen weather or construction delays, we hope to open the new entrance in Fall of 2015
Follow our progress! Construction updates and pictures will be posted periodically on our blog. You are also welcome to email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Disassembly of our old entrance: