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 comfortable environment for our incoming rhino herd. Heavy vehicles used inside the habitat caused turf destruction across large areas. We have sewn new grass and will let it establish before releasing rhinos into the exhibit.
Progress Report: Spider Monkey, Andean Bear & Tiger Exhibits
Setbacks in both our Spider Monkey and Andean Bear exhibits have delayed openings beyond the warmer seasons. Guests can expect to see the monkey exhibit opening in early spring and our large Andean Bear area opening by the start of summer. Our renovated tiger exhibit is aggressively moving forward while we complete major work on the two exhibits mentioned above. Our plan is to have an enhanced tiger exhibit ready by mid-summer.
New Project: Parking Lot Re-Development
2017 will be a monumental year for Nashville Zoo and we expect more guests than ever before. To help prepare, we will be re-developing the original, central parking area to make room for additional spaces. Our plan is to begin work during our slower, winter months and be finished by spring.
We are working diligently to complete all of our work as quickly as possible. Our passion for creating outstanding animal environments requires careful thought and attention to detail. The end result will be a beautiful zoological park and a source of pride for Nashville. We appreciate your support of the Zoo and welcome you to join us in celebrating our 20th year at Grassmere with the opening of these outstanding additions.
Here are some photos to provide you with a visual update on our progress and plans:
Spider Monkey Exhibit Construction
Andean Bear Exhibit Construction
Tiger Exhibit Construction