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Nashville Zoo Ranks in Top Ten Zoos on Charity Navigator

Nashville Zoo is proud to report that we have been ranked within the top ten zoos and aquariums in the country by  Charity Navigator , the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities. As a non-profit organization, Nashville Zoo is evaluated by a number of outside sources which assist donors in making informed giving decisions. Charity Navigator annually assesses over 8,000 non-profits using an objective, numbers-based rating system.  As Nashville Zoo works... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Nashville Zoo Welcome First Blue-Billed Curassow Chick

The survivability of blue-billed curassows just increased. Nashville Zoo avian staff welcomed its first curassow chick on May 5. After incubating the egg for 30 days, the chick was assisted in hatching by Nashville Zoo keepers and veterinary staff.  Nashville Zoo keepers had to assist the hatching of this chick because the chick was slightly inactive during the second day after its initial pip in the shell membrane. After keepers noticed the shell membrane was dry instead of wet,... Read More
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Nashville Zoo and Tennessee Virtual Archives Partner to Give People Access to More Zoo History

When Margaret and Elise Croft deeded their property to the Nashville Children's Museum in 1964, they left not only their land to be used for nature education, but also their home and all of their personal belongings, including more than 10,000 paper documents. All of those documents were transferred to the Tennessee State Library and Archives for safe keeping after Elise Croft's death in 1985. The collection was digitized a few years ago, and now part of the collection is being... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, April 4, 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

Tips for a Great Eggstravaganzoo Experience

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 car and get to Festival Field.... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, March 29, 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

Zoo to Hold Program Sharing Its Unique History

Nashville Zoo and the Tennessee State Library and Archives will co-host a free program highlighting the history of the property and historic home through a new digital collection on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. The program, which will take place in the Zoo's Croft Center, will tell the story of how two sisters’ love of animals led to the Zoo's relocation. The collection includes photographs, letters, oral history audio excerpts, maps, memorabilia and land records. The home,... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, March 16, 2018

Baird's Tapir Calf Born at Nashville Zoo on March 7

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a male Baird’s tapir calf on Wednesday, March 7. Juju, the mother, gave birth at 12:53 a.m.  This is the second calf for four-year-old Juju and weighs about 22.8 lbs. The father Romeo passed away last year. Romeo was also the father of Tybalt, our male tapir, who was born in August 2016. With the addition of this calf, the Zoo is now home to three Baird’s tapirs. Four Baird’s tapirs have been born at Nashville Zoo since... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, March 9, 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

Zoo welcomes Adventure Science Center Members with Discount in January

During the month of January, Nashville Zoo and Adventure Science Center will offer their members a special reciprocal program.  Each organization will allow all members of the other organization admission to their attraction at a 50% discount. To qualify for the discount, members must show their membership card and a photo ID. Zoo members visiting the Adventure Science Center will receive a 50% discount for anyone listed on their Zoo membership card.  Adventure Science... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, December 28, 2017

Niran, Clouded Leopard Determined to be Female

Nashville Zoo recently discovered an awkward surprise. Niran, the first clouded leopard to be born from an artificial insemination procedure using frozen/thawed semen was examined thoroughly at birth and determined to be a male. Only, he is actually a she.  The discovery was made after keepers noticed that Niran was not developing at the same pace as Kuso, a male clouded leopard of the same age. Kuso was brought to the Zoo in May to be a playmate for Niran. The two have... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, December 21, 2017

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

Gifts that Give Back at Nashville Zoo's Zawadi Market

Want to make an impact this holiday season? Shop with a purpose and check out our Holiday Gift Guide! The Zoo’s gift shop, Zawadi Market, has creative gifts for everyone in your herd. Nashville Zoo offers gifts that keep on giving - beyond Fair Trade Certified products and the use of recycled materials, the Zoo has worked diligently to offer fun gift items that increase awareness and educate guests on the importance of conservation, renewable materials and repurposing with a focus on... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, November 6, 2017

'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 Thursday, November 2, 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

Nashville Zoo's Red Panda Cubs Start to Venture Outside

Nashville Zoo’s four-month-old red panda cubs are beginning to explore their habitat giving guests a chance to see the two young females along with their parents, Mei Mei and Moshu, along Bamboo Trail. “We are so excited to see our two female cubs exploring the exhibit,” said Shawna Farrington, carnivore area supervisor. “Right now, they are still a bit nervous about coming out, so we are asking our guests to be patient as they get used to being outside." In... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, October 18, 2017

National Veterinary Technician Week

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA) has proclaimed October 15 - 21, 2017 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... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, October 13, 2017

How our Animals Reacted to the Solar Eclipse

More than 7,000 guests came to the Zoo to witness The Great American Solar eclipse. Many also helped us observe our animals and record their reactions during that brief period of totality (when the moon completely covers the sun leaving only a ring of light).  There were several behaviors that were expected and some that were a surprise. Perhaps our biggest surprise was the amount of cheering, shouting and screaming coming from our guests who were overwhelmed... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, August 24, 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

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.  Jenna Wolczyk, Hoofstock Keeper Corina Newsome, Ambassador Animal Keeper Jake Belair, Ambassador... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, July 13, 2017

Do Animals Behave Differently when Experiencing a Solar Eclipse?

The total solar eclipse taking place on August 21, 2017 is creating a lot of excitement here in Nashville. At the Zoo, our animals are (we believe) completely unaware of the impending astronomical event. We are zoology professionals and enthusiasts, and we are very curious to see how our animal collection will react to a false dusk, night, and dawn taking place over the course of a few hours in the middle of the day. So on August 21, we will be watching our animals, and we invite you to come... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, July 7, 2017

Two Red Pandas Born June 16

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of two red pandas on June 16. The cubs are doing well and bonding with their mother, Mei Mei, in their off exhibit den. “This is the second red panda birth at Nashville Zoo, and the first litter for first time mom, Mei Mei,” said Jennifer Wu, carnivore keeper. “We were able to track Mei Mei’s pregnancy progress because she allowed keepers to conduct ultrasounds during her regular training sessions. This helped the animal... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Behind-the-scenes: Rhinoceros Hornbill Breeding

(Breeding Update: July 2017) Nashville Zoo is excited to give you a sneak peek into the unqiue breeding and nesting habits of our rhinoceros hornbills via our live Nest Cam.  Inside our breeding rhinoceros hornbills' building is an old Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel with three birds. The 37 year old female has been inside since April 12th, and her two chicks are just over a month old, about 5 days apart. They will not be out of the barrel until mid-August. The Nashville... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, June 30, 2017

Southern White Rhinos Now Roaming at Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is proud to announce the introduction of Southern white rhinoceros to our animal family. Four young females are now roaming in the Zoo’s former elephant exhibit. “This is the first time we are able to bring rhinos to Nashville”, said Zoo President Rick Schwartz. “We had to make several modifications to the former elephant habitat and barn in order to properly care for rhinos. The end result is exceptional and we can’t wait to show it to our... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, June 30, 2017

Construction Update: Summer 2017

Nashville Zoo excitedly opened two of four new exhibits this spring. Guests can now venture along a suspension rope bridge to see four Mexican spider monkeys from a treetop viewing area at Spider Monkey: Treetop Passage as well as watch four young Southern white rhinos wallowing in mud pits at the former elephant habitat.   While we are excited for the opening of two new exhibits, the Zoo is still working hard to complete construction on its two remaining... 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 festivites! 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

Nashville Zoo Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Animal Health Center

Nashville Zoo dignitaries along with representatives from HCA Healthcare, The Frist Foundation, the Cal Tuner Family Foundation, and ESa (Earl Swensson Associates) officially broke ground on May 30 at the site of the Zoo’s planned Animal Health Center.  Designed by ESa, Nashville Zoo’s Animal Health Center will consist of a 20,000+ square foot facility that includes areas for observation, diagnosis, radiology, surgery, laboratory, pharmacy, and administrative functions. The... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, June 2, 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

Baby White-Cheeked Gibbon Celebrates First Birthday!

Makaio, the first white-cheeked gibbon to be born at Nashville Zoo, celebrated his first birthday on June 5. Guests have been able to see the young ape explore his outdoor area as he slowly learns how to be more independent. Our primate keepers shared Makaio’s progress and development from his first year! DEVELOPMENT He is still very dependent on mom, Singwah, as she is his main source of nutrition. White-cheeked gibbons nurse until they’re two years old! Makaio still clings... 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

Zoo Construction: Progress Report for Spring 2017

This is an update to our construction blog post from earlier this year. 2017 is a year of discovery for guests visiting Nashville Zoo. Along with the Zoo’s celebration of its 20th anniversary at Grassmere, guests will also celebrate and experience the openings of four new animal exhibits: Andean bear, Mexican spider monkey, Sumatran tiger, and Southern white rhino. Over 890,000 visitors strolled along pathways in 2016 and witnessed the construction progress of each of these... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, April 28, 2017

Zoo's Vet Team Learns New and Natural Healing Techniques

What do Lucy the antelope, Otto the sheep, and Boone the steer have in common? They all donated blood to help one very special patient! But these were not typical blood donations. Edith, the sloth star of our Aviary, recently developed a severe corneal ulcer on her left eye. Zoo Staff weren’t sure about the cause, but it definitely required intensive treatment. Along with antibiotic eye drops, a veterinary ophthalmology specialist suggested treating her with a very unusual medicine. ... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, April 17, 2017

Spider Monkey: Treetop Passage Now Open!

  Spider Monkey Exhibit Now Open! The new spider monkey exhibit, graciously funded by Dottie Frist, opened on Thursday, April 6. The addition of Mexican spider monkeys marks the first monkey species to be housed at Nashville Zoo in more than four years. Exhibit details To enter the new exhibit, Zoo guests cross an elevated wooden bridge ending in a treetop view of these lively, inquisitive Mexican spider monkeys swinging among the trees. Half siblings, Sandy and Poppy, came to... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, April 6, 2017

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... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, April 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 Successfully Breeds Rare Species

Nashville Zoo’s Herpetology team is celebrating the half-birthdays of four Central American Giant Galliwasp ( Diploglossus monotropis ) born in August of 2016, marking the first hatching in over 10 years at the Zoo. Nashville Zoo is the only zoo in the United States to have successfully bred this rare species. Our female galliwasp (pronounced “GALL-ee-wasp”) made a nest chamber underground to coil around her 4 eggs to instinctually protect them from predators. She did not... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, February 13, 2017

Spectacled Bear, Luka, Celebrates 4th Birthday

Nashville Zoo’s first Andean bear, Luka, celebrated her 4 th birthday on January 3 rd with a Frozen themed birthday party. This is Luka’s second birthday at Nashville Zoo since arriving in June 2015 from Phoenix Zoo. The birthday party included Luka’s favorite enrichment items - large tubs, cardboard castles covered in different herbs and spices, a snow machine (using Dawn dish soap), bubbles and a birthday "cake" made of specialty bear biscuits soaked in... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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