Upcoming Events

  • Zoo Run Run

    Jan 21st, 2017
    3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Join a herd of runners at Zoo Run Run! This winter race takes runners and walkers on a 5K adventure throughout the Zoo’s property, including areas not available to the public. Families and children are encouraged to bundle up as they hit the trail. All proceeds from the Zoo Run Run help fund Zoo operations, including providing education programs for children, feeding our collection of over 2,300 animals and keeping our Zoo safe and clean for our visitors.


    Event Schedule

    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    1:00 pm Zoo will close to guests
    1:30 pm Registration & Check-in
    3:00 pm Race Begins
    4:00 pm Awards and Refreshments

    Please note: Zoo Run Run is a rain, snow or shine event.

    Early Packet Pick-up:

    Friday, January 20 - 11 am to 7 pm

    Beat the crowds by picking up your race bib and shirt the day before the race. Registrants are allowed to pick up materials for friends and family members with a copy of their ID (a picture of the ID via phone is allowed). Pick-up is located inside the Croft Center.

    The Course

    A 5k trail will take you on an adventure throughout the Zoo's property. Be aware that some of the course is off-road. The race will be timed; interested registrants may purchase a tracking chip.

    Families and friends may come out for a brisk stroll, instead of a run. Have little ones? Grab your off-road stroller and join the fun!

    Food & Drink

    Refreshments and snacks will be served to participants as they complete the course. Beer will be available for registrants ages 21+.

    Spectators may purchase a wristband to have access to refreshments, beer and snacks, either online or on the day of the event.


    Registration - opens December 1

    Early Bird Pricing (ends 12/31)

    Zoo Members

    Adult (ages 13+) - $30
    Child (ages 5-12) - $15
    Children under 4 - no registration needed


    Adult (ages 13+) - $35
    Child (ages 5-12) - $15
    Children under 4 - no registration needed

    Add Chrono Tracking Chip - $3

    Register now!

    Regular Pricing (1/1 - 1/18 11:59pm)

    Adult (ages 13+) - $40
    Child (ages 5-12) - $20
    Children under 4 - no registration needed
    Add Chrono Tracking Chip - $3

    Onsite Pricing

    Adult (ages 13+) - $50
    Child (ages 5-12) - $25
    Children under 4 - no registration needed
    Add Chrono Tracking Chip - $3



    Spectator Refreshment Wristband - $10 + tax
    *may be purchased now or on race day (as available, supplies are limited); only needed if the spectator would like refreshments or snacks (spectator entry is free)
    Additional T-shirts - $14 + tax

    Only paid, registered participants will receive a cotton long sleeve t-shirt. T-shirts will be distributed at packet pick-up in the size requested on participant registration.

    Additional shirts, including those for children under age 4, can be purchased in advance for $14 each.

    Additional shirt purchases and trades for other sizes will be allowed at the end of the event if extra shirts are available.

    Please note: Zoo admission is not included with race registration. If you wish to enjoy the Zoo prior to the race, admission will need to be purchased separately.


    Sponsored By:

    The Logan Group of Raymond James
    Vitamin Shoppe
    Natalie's Orchid Island Juice
    The Escape Game

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  • Teddy Bear Clinic

    Feb 11th, 2017
    10:00am - 3:00pm

    Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal friend to Nashville Zoo’s second annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, February 11 in the Zoo’s Croft Center. The Nashville Zoo Veterinary Department will be on call from 10:00am – 3:00pm to perform routine checkups on your child’s stuffed animal. The clinic is FREE with zoo admission. No registration is necessary.

    Other activities include Beary Fun Facts, Bear Bones X-Ray station, Bear Care Clinic where kids can dress up like a veterinarian, enjoy story time in our Cub Corner (located at the Teddy Bear Café, also in the Croft Center), Scavenge like a Bear (scavenger hunt), and more. Children will receive a certificate of “Beary Good Health.”

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  • Great Backyard Bird Count

    Feb 12th, 2017
    11:00am - 1:00pm

    Nashville Zoo will be hosting a program on Feb. 12 from 11am-1pm for those who love birds and are interested in learning more about the Great Backyard Bird Count, how you can participate, and the basic skills for successful bird counting.

    Spend some time along the Zoo trails practicing bird counting using birding identification tools, learn about the Zoo’s global bird conservation projects, and listen to a presentation from Cyndi Routledge, master hummingbird bander from Southeastern Avian Research.

     Participation in the program is included with zoo admission.

    The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project where people from around the world count birds for 15 minutes a day from February 17-20. The data you collect is used to assist researchers in tracking bird migrations and getting population counts of different species. In 2016, there were over 160,000 participants that helped count nearly 6,000 species of birds. Learn more about how to join the fun.

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  • Valentine's Day Animal Enrichment

    Feb 14th, 2017
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo animals are celebrating Valentine’s Day with special enrichment items on Tuesday, Feb. 14. 

    “Valentine’s Day is a chance for our animals to receive new items and toys for enrichment, and for our keepers to have a little fun,” said Jac Menish, curator of behavioral husbandry at Nashville Zoo. “Cardboard in the shape of candy kisses, purple and red paper mache balls, and pink paper chains are just a few of the sweet items the animals will be enjoying during the day.” Nashville Zoo uses daily enrichment to promote natural behaviors in the animals, ensuring optimal physical and mental health. 

    Animals that guests can expect to see on exhibit during this time of year will receive their enrichment when they go on exhibit on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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