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Grow Wild Campaign Update – Cabinet Announced

Our Grow Wild capital campaign is pleased to announce the members of its fundraising cabinet. The 15-person committee, led by campaign chair Jennifer Frist, will be responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting top prospects for our $160M expansion. “We are thrilled to introduce this group of dedicated community leaders who are committed to building a world class zoo for our city,” said Suzanne Iler, chief development officer. “Their involvement and strong connections in the... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Ticketing System

We have recently launched a new commerce system that will make for smoother purchases online and faster entry at the Zoo. Purchasing Online Tickets Advance tickets can now be purchased online! Skip waiting in line at the Zoo and purchase your tickets in advance of your visit. You can either print the tickets or pull them up on your smart phone for entry.  Memberships As always, we recommend joining or renewing your membership online. However, applying admission and upgrading... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, June 5, 2015

Expedition Peru - Trek of the Andean Bear

Visitors to Nashville Zoo will venture on a Peruvian expedition thanks in large part to the generosity of several lead contributors to our Andean bear exhibit. Partnering with the Zoo on this endeavor are: Cynthia and Dave Arnholt Kelley and Lee Beaman & the Alvin and Sally Beaman Foundation Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation Sally and Neely Coble, III Joe C. Davis Foundation Dugas Family Foundation Missy and John Eason The Frist Foundation Patricia and... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Joeys of Summer

The baby boom at Kangaroo Kickabout is in full swing! Six joeys can now be seen at the exhibit exploring their surroundings and greeting guests. GET TO KNOW OUR CREW Buckley Just turned one on May 17 and likes to stay close to his mom, the very popular Ima. Ube's 2nd Joey Kangaroo mama, Ube's 2nd joey is now peeking out of the pouch. Bendigo 11 months old who likes to stay close to his mom Ura most of the time. Comet 10 months and also stays close... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tadpoles Go Home

Nashville Zoo Sends Puerto Rican Crested Toads back to Puerto Rico for reintroduction in the wild Earlier this month, Nashville Zoo shipped 1,072 Puerto Rican Crested Toad tadpoles back to Puerto Rico for reintroduction in the Guanica Natural Habitat. Since 2012, the Zoo has shipped over 11,000 tadpoles for reintroduction as part of a coordinated reintroduction program for this critically endangered species. Each tadpole shipment requires months of coordination and planning. On the day of... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Friday, May 15, 2015

Zoo Mourns Loss of Cougar

Due to declining health issues, Nashville Zoo has euthanized Jackson, an 18-year old cougar. Jackson passed away on May 7. “This is a very sad day for all of us at Nashville Zoo,” said Dr. Heather Robertson, director of veterinary services at Nashville Zoo. “Jackson had been battling renal (kidney) disease for the last few years. He had done well with medical support until recently when his condition began to rapidly decline. Due to this decline, the veterinary and keeper staff believed humane... Read More
at Thursday, May 7, 2015

ML Rose's "ANM.L." burger to support Pallas cat conservation

Our Brew at the Zoo title sponsor, M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, is celebrating May with a special burger of the month. M.L. Rose will donate $1 for every ANM.L. Burger sold to support Nashville Zoo’s conservation efforts with the Pallas cat. The ANM.L. burger promotion is available at both M.L. Rose locations throughout May. For more information, visit www.mlrose.com . The Pallas cat is a small feline species with a wide but disconnected range stretching from Iran through the... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Friday, May 1, 2015

Seafood Watch

Spring time means it is grilling time! Do you know what fish you’re eating? The high demand for seafood affects fish and marine life worldwide. Habitat destruction and overfishing are causing a significant population decline and wrecking our ecosystems. The choices we make as consumers drive the seafood marketplace. Your purchasing power can make a difference by supporting those fisheries and fish farms that are better for the environment, while at the same time relieving pressure on others... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Monday, April 27, 2015

Elephant Herd Updates

In April 2015, Nashville Zoo announced plans to eventually grow our African elephant herd. The following blog, written in November 2015, is an update of what has transpired since April and our plans moving forward. Juno, a 36-year old female African elephant was sent to The National Elephant Center in Fellsmere, Florida in April. This move marked the beginning of our plans to renovate our existing elephant barn to include state-of-the-art equipment and adhere to the latest standards of... Read More

Two Clouded Leopards Born in March

We are proud to announce the births of two clouded leopards born March 13 and March 18. The cubs, both female, are doing well and are being hand-raised together. “Nashville Zoo is on the forefront of clouded leopard care and conservation,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor. “The births of these two cubs aids in our conservation efforts and benefits the long-term plan to create a sustainable captive population.” Clouded leopards are considered vulnerable to extinction due to... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ape Awareness Month: Why We Love Lesser Apes!

Why are small apes just as cool as great apes? Lesser apes refers only to size. Where great apes range from 85-lb. bonobos to 450-lb. gorillas, lesser apes range from 10 to 30 pounds. All ape species are long lived with average lifespans ranging from 30 to 50 years. Gibbons are the only apes that are monogamous. Pairs will sing daily duets with males and females synching their vocalizations to help reinforce their bond and claim territory as theirs. The throat sac of the siamang (a... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Zoo Discovers Ape’s Ability to Take Selfies

The definition that separates man from ape is being challenged again now that primate keepers at Nashville Zoo have discovered that a collection of Siamangs (a small ape species) at the Zoo are capable taking pictures of themselves and sharing those shots on social media. “We really thought it was a fluke at first,” says April Jester, Nashville Zoo’s lead Siamang keeper. “I accidently dropped my Samsung Galaxy S4 while I was cleaning and Bahari (our male Siamang) picked it right up,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Giraffe Herd Updates

Big changes are coming to our giraffe herd!   Bahati as a calf Giraffe Calf Coming Soon Our animal care team is closely monitoring the fourth pregnancy for our Masai giraffe Margarita and expect a birth in summer. “Margarita is doing well and all seems to be progressing normally,” said Lanny Brown, mammal curator. “We are planning on an early July birth.”   Goodbye Bahati & Layla To make room for the new addition, we will... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Duikers' Zoo Debut

Nashville Zoo’s antelope collection continues to expand with the addition of yellow-backed duikers to an exhibit on Bamboo Trail. “Yellow-backed duikers are small antelopes native to the forests of central and west Africa,” said Lanny Brown, mammal curator. “There are around 60 yellow-backed duikers in North American zoos, so we are excited to give our visitors the chance to learn more about this rare and relatively unknown animal.” The two females, ages 3... Read More
Posted by Ashley Harrison at Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wrangle Your Own Weeds

We’ve wrapped up our first Weed Wrangle – but the work is not done. Invasive plants are all over Tennessee and can most likely be found in your own backyard. Do your part to curb the growth of weeds that negatively impacted our ecosystem and wreak havoc on native plants and animals.   Helpful Tips Weed Wrangle at home. Remove exotic invasive species from your landscape. We recommend checking out the Tennessee Exotic Pests Plant Council website for... Read More
Posted by Ashley Harrison at Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Supporter Spotlight: Julie Walker

Nashville Zoo is certainly fortunate to benefit from the Walker family’s philanthropic support. Julie, Breck, Zach and Cord recently enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour with Nashville Zoo President Rick Schwartz. Congo, our male giraffe, is always happy to share a lettuce snack with a friend! Serving on the Executive Committee, Julie is a devoted member of our Nashville Zoo Board of Directors. As evidence of her tremendous commitment, she also Chairs the Board Governance and Building... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Make your backyard more attractive to birds in winter

There are lots of ways you can attract birds to your backyard, even during the winter months. Even though most birds in Tennessee fly south for the winter, there are several birds that stay here during the cooler months. Common Tennessee winter residents: American Goldfinch American Robin Blue Jay Carolina Chickadee Carolina Wren Dark-eyed Junco Downy Woodpecker Eastern Bluebird Eastern Towhee House Finch House Sparrow... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Monday, February 2, 2015

Join the Zoo for Weed Wrangle 2015

We need your help! Join Nashville Zoo for the first annual Weed Wrangle, a city-wide clean-up day dedicated to ridding Nashville of non-native plant species. Weed Wrangle is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. - noon. Exotic invasive plants, particularly bush honeysuckle and Chinese privet, have outcompeted native plant species over the last hundred years on the Zoo’s Grassmere property. Without natural predators, this invasive vegetation has negatively impacted the ecosystem, causing... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Thursday, January 29, 2015

First Alpaca Born at the Zoo

We are pleased to announce the birth of an alpaca on Saturday, Dec. 13. The baby, a male named Bandit, is the first to be born at Nashville Zoo and can be seen at Critter Encounters. “Based on the mother’s weight gain, we had predicted the baby would be born in spring, so his arrival on a December Saturday morning was quite a surprise,” said Kacie Cummings, Contact Area Supervisor. “We are thrilled that baby Bandit is healthy and on exhibit with the rest of our... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ft. Campbell Veterinary Collaboration

For zoo animals caught in the crossfire of war, the stories are grim. Abandonment, starvation and looting become new threats in an uncertain future. But did you know that the United States military has a special corps of soldiers whose mission it is to provide veterinary expertise during times of conflict, war, and other emergencies? Nashville Zoo recently partnered with the Veterinary Services Division out of Fort Campbell Army Base in Kentucky to help these military veterinarians become... Read More
Posted by Mary Brenna Corr at Friday, December 12, 2014

Dugas Foundation funds Andean Bear Peruvian lodge

Momentum continues to build for Nashville Zoo’s Grow Wild campaign. We are thrilled to announce that the Dugas Family Foundation has committed $1M towards construction of the Peruvian Lodge in the Andean Bear Exhibit. Given the foundation’s areas of interests, including children and youth services, the environment and natural resources, and education, the Zoo is a perfect fit for their philanthropic funding. Laura Dugas stated, “Our family was enthusiastic and unanimous in our support. The... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Monday, November 24, 2014

Zoo Supporters Match $10M Gift from City of Nashville

Nashville Zoo is proud to announce that we have matched the City of Nashville’s $10M investment challenge. As a thank you to the city, we will be offering a Buy-One-Get-One free admission promotion to all guests Sunday Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 12, as well as complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate. Nashville’s $10 million investment in the Zoo was approved earlier this year as part of the city’s capital funding budget and was contingent upon the Zoo’s ability to... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Monday, November 24, 2014

More Roo to Love

There are now even more roo’s to encounter at Nashville Zoo’s Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. Up to six of the Zoo’s nine female kangaroos are carrying joeys, and several have reached the stage in development where they are poking out of their mothers’ pouches and can be seen by guests. “We have been waiting with anticipation for a joey sighting since confirming the first pregnancy in April,” said Kacie Cummings, Contact Areas Supervisor. “Our joeys range in age from one month to six months, so... Read More
Posted by Kelsey White at Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cemetery Dedication Set for November 22

Nashville Zoo sits on land that has a rich and intriguing history. From an original land grant in 1786 to today, many people have inhabited this site. Michael Dunn, his son-in-law Lee Shute and grandson William Dickson Shute, all owners of the land, were all slave owners. . From 1810 until the time of Emancipation, around 33 enslaved individuals lived, worked and died at Grassmere. Before Nashville Zoo began management of the property, it was owned by the Cumberland Science Museum (today... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, October 30, 2014

Introducing Phayara, our red panda cub

Our new red panda cub has made her debut. Phayara, named by a public vote, can be seen on exhibit in the Zoo’s Bamboo Trail. “Since her birth on July 3, Phayara has been in her den growing into a healthy red panda cub and learning the skills needed to navigate her exhibit,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor. “Once she started regularly coming out of her nest box around mid-September, we monitored her to make sure that she was able to negotiate her surroundings and... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Great Blue Turaco Birth Announcement

We are pleased to report another successful hatching from our Great Blue Turacos (Corythaeola cristata). The female chick arrived on June 10 and marked the fourth baby turaco to be successfully raised at Nashville Zoo since we acquired the species in 2009. Only a handful of zoos breed turacos, so each hatching is certainly cause for celebration.  “Great blue turacos chicks have a low survivability rate, and while we have had previous breeding success, this time around we developed... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Red Panda Cub Birth Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the birth of a red panda cub on July 3. The female cub is doing well and bonding with her mother in their off exhibit den. Known for their teddy bear-like appearance and red fur, the red panda is native to the mountains of Central China, Nepal and northern Myanmar (Burma). They are considered vulnerable to extinction due to habitat destruction. In addition, slow rates of reproduction and high infant mortality rates make it very hard for this species to rebound... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Supporter Spotlight: John Howard and Cooper Jones

This month’s Donor Spotlight is being shared by John Howard of Hannah Constructors, LLC and Cooper Jones of The Crichton Group. Nashville Zoo sends them both a huge thank you for chairing our annual Golf Tournament on August 11th at the Golf Club of Tennessee. This year turned out to be quite a challenge. Our original date in April had to be rescheduled due to torrential rains, but John and Cooper never wavered in their commitment. Even after a spring afternoon of golf became a hot,... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Thursday, August 28, 2014

City Invests in Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is delighted to share that Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Council allocated $10M this year to support a major new development that will add more state-of-the-art animal exhibits and allow better access for the people of Nashville and Middle TN.  The City’s investment is proof of their confidence in the future direction of the Zoo and of the positive impact a nationally renowned zoo will have on Nashville.  This funding will be applied to infrastructure improvements and... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, August 1, 2014

Supporter Spotlight: Tracie Hamilton

Tracie and her husband Scott along with their sons Aidan and Maxx have enjoyed being members of the Zoo family for the past six years. They are very excited to share the experience with the newest members of their family, daughter Evelyne and son Jean Paul soon to arrive from Haiti. The Hamilton family was first introduced to Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo president, by a mutual friend and their first visit to the park was to celebrate Aidan’s birthday. They realized from that first... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nashville Zoo Sends Endangered Tadpoles to the Wild

Nashville Zoo recently shipped over 4,400 critically endangered Puerto Rican crested tadpoles to Puerto Rico as part of a conservation effort that releases the tadpoles into protected ponds in the Guanica National Forest. “Since we began breeding Puerto Rican Crested Toads in 2012, Nashville Zoo has produced 10,365 tadpoles that have been shipped to Puerto Rico for release,” said Dale McGinnity, ectotherm curator. “This project is the perfect example of how ex-situ (outside of... Read More
Posted by Nashville Zoo at Friday, July 11, 2014