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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

Nashville Zoo Welcomes Four Juliana Pigs

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the arrival of four Juliana pigs ( Sus   domesticus ) to Critter Encounters. The Zoo is welcoming three females, who were born in the same litter and a male, born with the same father as the females. These pigs will stay in Critter Encounters, so the guests can interact with them, and will also be trained to take leashed-walks throughout the Zoo. Other than during colder months where they will have access to a heated indoor area, they will be able to... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, February 12, 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

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 Monday, December 17, 2018

More History About the Croft Sisters Discovered in Miami and Cuba

In early October, Tori Mason, Historic Site Manager, had the opportunity to travel to Miami, Florida and Havana, Cuba to research and learn more information about the Croft family, their business and their lives in Cuba. Jennifer Randles, Digital Materials Librarian at Tennessee State Library and Archives, and Mason spent several months in 2017 organizing more than 250 original documents from the Grassmere Collection for digitization and publishing on the archives’ TN Virtual Archives... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, November 19, 2018

Zoo Outlook for Fall & Winter 2018/2019

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... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, October 22, 2018

National Veterinary Technician Week

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA) has proclaimed October 14 - 20, 2018 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. Here at Nashville Zoo, we have two wonderful... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, October 5, 2018

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

Three More Meerkat Pups Born at Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of three meerkats on July 11, 2018. This is the second litter for parents Calvin (age 12) and Victoria (age 10). The pair has been together for 3.5 years, but only just recently produced pups last August. This will bring Nashville Zoo’s total to 8 meerkats. With the newest trio, Nashville Zoo primate area supervisor, Sabrina Barnes said this is a great opportunity for the three other siblings to learn how to take care of the young, so... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, August 3, 2018

Tools to Keep Animals Cool at Nashville Zoo

In Tennessee, July means scorching sun and record-breaking temperatures. At Nashville Zoo, keepers find creative ways to keep the animals cool. The Behavioral Husbandry department at the Zoo is home to ambassador animals that are native to locations all over the world, from tropics, to mountains, to deserts. Because of the diverse climates these animals come from, ensuring the comfort of each animal during the summer is an extremely thought-through process. One way to combat the heat, is... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 18, 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

Two Iconic Tennessee Entities Partner to Save a Species

What pairs well with Jack Daniel’s? Here at Nashville Zoo, our rhinoceros hornbills do! Nashville Zoo and Jack Daniel’s have partnered to give our nesting rhinoceros hornbills a temporary home by donating unused whiskey barrels. The partnership started back in 2008. Rhinoceros hornbills are fairly large birds that need large hollow spaces to lay their eggs and care for their young. “Rhino Hornbills are cavity nesters,” said Joe deGraauw, Nashville Zoo Avian... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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.  Jake Belair, Ambassador Animal Keeper Jenna Wolcyzk, Hoofstock Keeper Stephanie... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 4, 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 Staff Assist Three Curassow Chicks in Hatching

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the hatching of our second and third Blue-billed Curassow chicks, both male, the last of three eggs produced over the month of June to parents Albert, 3, and Victoria, 5. This critically endangered species is rare in zoos and can be challenging to breed. All three of the chicks needed assistance to hatch from the egg when they failed to crack through the eggshell. Chicks usually do not need full assistance to hatch from their shell. A chick will... 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

Cotton-Top Tamarin Twins Born at Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of two cotton-top tamarins on Wednesday, May 23. This is the first birth of cotton-top tamarins 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 help secure the future of this decreasing population. “Caqueta, the mother, gave birth to these babies at 4 p.m.,” said Sabrina Barnes, Nashville Zoo Primate Area... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Monday, May 28, 2018

Growing close to home: Nashville Zoo harvests garden to feed animals

Nashville Zoo isn’t just home to growing animals. A not-so-secret garden has been blossoming since 1997 when the Zoo first established its home here at Grassmere. Davidson County Master Gardeners took hold of the once overgrown Croft House garden and transformed it season over season into a cornucopia of crops for use by many of the Nashville Zoo animals. Growing favorites from banana peppers to heirloom tomatoes, to more unique crops such as Dragon Tongue Bush Beans to Burgundy... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Saturday, May 26, 2018

Fifteenth Great Blue Turaco Chick Born

Nashville Zoo avian department welcomed their 15th great blue turaco chick on April 9. Over the last eight years the Nashville Zoo avian department and veterinary staff have worked tirelessly to try and develop a successful hand-rearing and medical care plan for this species.   Due to the low survivability rate of chicks, few zoos have been able to breed and raise these beautiful birds. Over the past five years, the Zoo has been able to increase its breeding success rate... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Saturday, May 26, 2018

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
Posted by Nashville Zoo

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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