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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 match the funds with... 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