Upcoming Events

  • River Tank Feeding

    Aug 25th, 2016
    9:45am - 10:00am
    Unseen New World

    Some of the largest rivers on Earth travel through tropical rain forests. The Amazon has 1,100 tributaries, carries over 500 billion cubic feet of water per day, and has a mouth that is nearly 300 miles wide. Rivers that size have tremendous diversity within them and along their banks, including insects, reptiles, invertebrates, fish, and mammals.

    Within the river tanks in Unseen New World you can see some of this diversity including several species of cichlids. There are over 1600 species of cichlids making them one of the largest vertebrate families in the animal kingdom. You can spot Silver Arowana which can trace their ancestors back to dinosaurs from the Jurassic period. The white-blotched river stingray, one of the rarest in the world, is also visible in the river tanks. You can also spot some of the reptile diversity of tropical rivers such as the green basilisk which is known for its ability to run across water to escape danger. 

    Visiting the river tanks in Unseen New World allows you to get a small glimpse of the great diversity found in tropical rivers. 

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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 25th, 2016
    10:00am - 10:25am
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight!

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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Aug 25th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Cougar Keeper Talk

    Aug 25th, 2016
    10:30am - 10:45am
    Bamboo Trail
    Cougars, also known as pumas or mountain lions, are solitary animals mostly active at night. At one point, cougars had the largest range of any mammal in North and South America. With the increase in human population that range has shrunk to mostly mountainous regions of the western United States. Males will have a home range of about 150 square miles which will include several females. Cougars will not mate until they have their own territory and then breeding can take place year round. Females will have 1-6 cubs and breed every 2 years as cubs can remain with their mother for more than a year. Cougars can catch large prey which they can drag over 900 feet from the place of capture to feed. They often bury their kills to feed at a later time. You can see our two cougars along Jungle Trail.
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  • Flamingo Keeper Talk

    Aug 25th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Flamingo Lagoon
    Caribbean flamingos are one of 6 species of flamingos which can be found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. During breeding season they gather in colonies of 5,000 - 100,000 birds. After attracting a partner through an elaborate mating dance a pair of flamingos will begin to build a mud mound on which the female will lay her egg. Both males and females will help incubate the egg and they share responsibilities in caring for the chick.  Flamingos are born gray and do not get their pink feathers until 1-3 years of age. Their diet contains carotenoid pigments which will give them their characteristic pink color. Flamingos are filter feeders and hold their head upside down in shallow water to strain out their food. Flamingos very rarely lay down and even sleep standing up, often only on one leg. You can see our flamingos in Flamingo Lagoon.
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  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Aug 25th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • Animal Encounter (near Critter Encounters)

    Aug 25th, 2016
    1:30pm - 1:55pm
    Along the pathway between Snakebites and Critter Encounters

    This Animal Encounter could include anything from birds of prey to porcupine to snakes and parrots. Small mammals like opossum and rabbit might also make an appearance! 

    Animal Encounters do not occur if it is raining.  There is still a chance you may catch us out during sprinkles though!  

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  • Africa Field Keeper Talk

    Aug 25th, 2016
    2:00pm - 2:15pm

    Africa field is home to several species including Ostrich, Eland, Bontebok, and other antelope species. 

    The ostrich is the largest flightless bird in the world. They can run about 40 miles an hour covering 10-16 feet with a single stride. The ostrich will often use their wings as rudders to help change direction quickly while running. Ostriches will live in groups of about 12 birds. All the females of the group will place their eggs in the nest of the dominant female. A single ostrich egg is equivalent to 24 chicken eggs! Ostriches can often be found around other grazing animals like antelope and zebras. Ostriches have great eyesight and will often alert other animals of predators in the area. It is myth that ostriches head their heads in the sand. They will put their necks close to the ground to try and hide from predators, from a distance it appears that their head is in the sand.

    Eland are one of the largest hooved animals in the world. They are very adaptable animals with the ability to live in all environments except deserts, forests, and swamps. They are some of the slowest antelope, running only 25 miles per hour. Eland will live in herds of up to 25. There may be more than one male but only the dominant male will have access to females for breeding. Calves are born after a 9 month gestation period and hide after they are born for protection. 

    The bontebok was nearly extinct in the wild but the creation of Bontebok National Park and breeding on game farms led to the current population of over 2,000 existing throughout southern Africa. Their current conservation status includes the closely related blesbok of which 250,000 exist. They graze during the day on grasses in small groups of about 10. Males will mark their territory with dung and participate in challenge rituals with neighboring males. Both males and females will grow horns. 

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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Aug 25th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

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  • Red River Hog Keeper Talk

    Aug 25th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:45pm
    African Savannah
    Red river hogs are very social animals who will live in groups of up to 20. Groups are usually made up of 1 adult male, several females, and their piglets. They are mostly active once the sun sets where they will use their shovel like snouts to dig up roots or bulbs to eat, though red river hogs will eat most anything they find. Female hogs will give birth to about 1-4 piglets. Male offspring are forced out of their group at about one year of age. Male red river hogs will fight by butting heads, whipping each other with their tails, and will fluff their facial hair when threatened. You can see our red river hogs on the African Savannah.
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  • Cassowary Keeper Talk

    Aug 25th, 2016
    3:00pm - 3:00pm
    Jungle Loop

    Double-wattled cassowaries are solitary birds that live in some of the oldest rainforests in the world known as the “wet tropics.” They are the second largest birds in the world after the ostrich. They can be distinguished by their helmet-like casque atop their head and red wattles on their neck.

    Cassowaries are important to the diversity of the rainforest. They consume over 78 different species of plants. Their poop helps to germinate new plants by spreading the seeds of the consumed plants. Female cassowaries will lay their eggs and leave the males to do all the incubating and raising of the chicks for up to 9 months. You can see our cassowaries across from Kangaroo Kickabout.

     

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  • Clouded Leopard Talk

    Aug 25th, 2016
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Bamboo Trail

    Clouded leopards are the top predators in their range and help control populations of prey species. They are solitary hunters active largely at night. Similar to other leopards they are great climbers and can usually be found in trees which they use to hunt and as resting places. Little is known about their breeding behavior but it is thought that they can mate year round. You can visit our clouded leopards on the Bamboo Trail.

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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 25th, 2016
    4:00pm - 4:25pm
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight! 

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  • Rhino Iguana Keeper Talk

    Aug 26th, 2016
    9:30am - 9:45am
    Unseen New World
    The rhinoceros iguana gets its name from the bumps on its snout which are most pronounced on male iguanas.  Breeding will happen at 2 to 3 years of age with males using head bobs and their spines along their back to attract females.  Females will dig burrows to incubate the eggs, there is no parental care after the eggs hatch.  Rhinoceros iguanas are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day.  They spend their nights in rock crevices, caves, or burrows they have dug.  Rhinoceros iguanas are threatened by habitat destruction, invasive species, and illegal hunting.  You can see our iguanas inside Unseen New World.        
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  • Bat Keeper Talk

    Aug 26th, 2016
    9:45am - 10:00am
    Unseen New World

    Bats are the only mammals with wings that can fly.  Bats are very important to the ecosystems in which they live as they help to pollinate many of the plants that are found in each habitat.  The short-tailed leaf nose bats will enter into a state similar to hibernation called torpor when food is lacking.  They will roost in two distinct groups; harems with one adult male and several adult females, and bachelor groups of sub-adult males.  Mating can occur twice a year and females will give birth to one baby.  Short-tailed lead nose bats also love to eat mosquitoes!  You can thank them for that when you see them in the Unseen New World.   

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  • Kroger Safari Fridays

    Aug 26th, 2016
    All-day Event

    Nashville Zoo and Kroger Offer BOGO Zoo Admission Deal

    Kroger Plus Card holders can take advantage of a special “buy one, get one” free Zoo ticket deal on Fridays during July and August as part of the annual Kroger Safari Fridays summer promotion.  

    Kroger Plus Card holders can present their card at Nashville Zoo’s ticket booth to receive a free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal or greater value. The offer is valid only on Fridays in July and August (July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26) and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Kroger Plus Card holders are permitted one “buy one, get one” deal per Friday. 

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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 26th, 2016
    10:00am - 10:25am
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight!

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  • Saddle-Billed Stork Keeper Talk

    Aug 26th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Zoo Central

    Saddle-billed storks are the tallest of all storks. The pointed beak of the stork is used to repeatedly stab in open water or marshlands looking for prey. Recognized by the yellow skin, or lappet, that covers the front of the bill like a “saddle.” Saddle-billed storks mate for life and each pair will build their nest away from other birds and will defend their territory from other birds. Their nests are large enough to hide the bird completely while in the nest. Female saddle-billed storks will lay up to 5 eggs and both the male and female incubate the eggs and raise the chicks in the nest. Storks are a symbol of fertility and good luck. You can see our saddle-billed storks across from the meerkats.

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  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Aug 26th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • Red Ruffed Lemur Keeper Talk

    Aug 26th, 2016
    11:30am - 11:45am
    Bamboo Trail
    Red-ruffed lemurs are 1 of more than 100 species of lemurs on the island of Madagascar. Lemurs are not monkeys but a type of primate called a prosimian. Red-ruffed lemurs will spend most of their day in the canopies of forests and they play an important role in pollination in their habitat. Red-ruffed lemurs are very vocal, with the ability to make more than 12 separate calls. These are used to warn others of predators, keep the group together while foraging, or to warn others that a space is already occupied. Listen for our red-ruffed lemurs Lyra and Larry on the Bamboo Trail.
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  • Animal Encounter (near Critter Encounters)

    Aug 26th, 2016
    1:30pm - 1:55pm
    Along the pathway between Snakebites and Critter Encounters

    This Animal Encounter could include anything from birds of prey to porcupine to snakes and parrots. Small mammals like opossum and rabbit might also make an appearance! 

    Animal Encounters do not occur if it is raining.  There is still a chance you may catch us out during sprinkles though!  

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  • Barn Owl Keeper Talk

    Aug 26th, 2016
    1:30pm - 1:45pm
    Grassmere Historic Home and Farm

    Barns owls are the most widespread of any owl species and can be found in any habitat that meets their needs. As with other owls they swallow their prey whole and then cough up pellets which contain all the non-digestible parts of their prey such as bones and fur.

    Barn owls have great eyesight but they are renowned for their ability to hear extremely soft noises. A barn owl hunting in complete darkness can still locate and capture prey using sound alone. Barn owls have been known to nest in hollow trees and artificial nest boxes but earn their name by often taking up residence in old buildings such as abandoned barns and silos. You can see our barn owls at the Croft House barn.

     

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  • Giraffe Keeper Talk

    Aug 26th, 2016
    2:00pm - 2:15pm
    There are at least six different types of giraffes. You can see two here at Nashville Zoo: Layla is a reticulated giraffe; and Congo, Margarita, and Bahati are Masai giraffes. Giraffes are the tallest of all land mammals. Giraffes have a neck that is 6 feet long and weighs 600 pounds. Their heart is 2 feet long and weighs 25 pounds. They eat about 75 pounds of food each day which they gather with their 18 inch long tongue. Due to this massive size giraffes do not really need to hide from predators, they do need to be worried about lions, but giraffes have a powerful kick that they will use to defend themselves. You can find our giraffes on the African Savannah.
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  • Blue-billed Curassow

    Aug 26th, 2016
    2:00pm - 2:15pm
    Critter Encounters

    The blue-billed curassow is the world’s most threatened species of the cracid family of crested game birds found primarily in Latin America. This curassow is the only example with distinctive blue bill ornaments, earning the species its common name. Very little is known about this bird in the wild due to its rarity; while at one time its range stretched 106,700 square kilometers, it’s now restricted to only a fragmented 2,090-square-kilometer forest area in northern Colombia. The blue-billed curassow has been severely harmed by losing nearly 99% of its habitat over the past decade due to agriculture and other habitat-destroying industries.

    You can meet our blue-billed curassow in Critter Encounters.

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  • Yellow-backed Duiker Keeper Talk

    Aug 26th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:45pm
    Bamboo Trail
    Yellow-backed duikers are the largest of all 15 species of duiker.  Adult duikers have black coats with a white face.  The yellow hair begins to appear on their back at 5-9 months and will stand up when the duiker feels threatened or becomes agitated. Little is known about the behavior of yellow-backed duikers due to their shy nature and the thick forests they call home.  Duikers will be solitary or live in a monogamous pair.  They can breed anytime during the year and typically have offspring twice a year.  Young duikers are hidden by their mothers in underbrush for the first several weeks of their life for protection from predators.   Due to their size duikers have to forage for much the day.  While foraging, duikers need to lookout for painted dogs, lions, and leopards.  One of their main defenses is to dive into the underbrush to evade predators.   Yellow-backed duikers have large scent glands underneath their eyes and in between their toes which they rub on trees to mark their territory.  Duikers will also use these glands to rub on their mates during courtship, familiarize young with their parents scent, and males will rub them on other males during competition.   You can see our yellow backed duikers on Bamboo Trail.        
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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Aug 26th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

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  • Cougar Keeper Talk

    Aug 26th, 2016
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Bamboo Trail
    Cougars, also known as pumas or mountain lions, are solitary animals mostly active at night. At one point, cougars had the largest range of any mammal in North and South America. With the increase in human population that range has shrunk to mostly mountainous regions of the western United States. Males will have a home range of about 150 square miles which will include several females. Cougars will not mate until they have their own territory and then breeding can take place year round. Females will have 1-6 cubs and breed every 2 years as cubs can remain with their mother for more than a year. Cougars can catch large prey which they can drag over 900 feet from the place of capture to feed. They often bury their kills to feed at a later time. You can see our two cougars along Jungle Trail.
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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 26th, 2016
    4:00pm - 4:25pm
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight! 

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  • Komodo Dragon Keeper Talk

    Aug 27th, 2016
    9:30am - 9:45am
    Critter Encounters

    Komodo dragons change drastically throughout their lives. When they hatch they are about 10-13 inches long and yellow, green, and black. By the time they reach about 10 years of age they will be 7-9 feet and can weigh almost 300 pounds and be a dull gray or brown. As juveniles the Komodo dragons will live in trees and roll in fecal matter to protect themselves from getting eaten by adults.

    You can see our Komodo dragons in Unseen New World.

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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 27th, 2016
    10:00am - 10:25am
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight!

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  • Galapagos Tortoise Keeper Talk

    Aug 27th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Critter Encounters
    The Galapagos Tortoise is the world's largest tortoise and can only be found in the Galapagos Islands west of South America. The tortoises will spend the cooler parts of the day low on the islands where it is dry and grassy, as the day warms up the tortoises will head to higher elevations where the vegetation is more lush. They usually travel the same path to these locations and will wear a path in the ground. Breeding season is January through August and the female will lay up to 10 eggs. You can find our Galapagos Tortoises in Critter Encounters.
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  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Aug 27th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • Snowy Owl Keeper Talk

    Aug 27th, 2016
    11:30am - 11:45am
    Critter Encounters

    These large ghost-like owls have white feathers to match their snowy arctic habitat. The males have mostly white feathers while females can also have brown or black markings. Snowy owls will usually breed in the arctic area of North America and Europe and migrate to warmer climates in the winter. Snowy owls like to spend the summer hunting in the nearly endless daylight of the arctic.

    Snowy owls build their nests on the ground and will return to the same site year after year. They fiercely protect this nest from other owls and even wolves! Females will lay up to 11 eggs which hatch about 32 days later. Snowy owls live to about 10 years of age.

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  • Ring Tailed Lemur Keeper Talk

    Aug 27th, 2016
    11:30am - 11:45am
    Bamboo Trail
    Ring-tailed lemurs live in southern areas of Madagascar in social groups of up to 25 members. These are mixed groups with males and females. Female ring-tailed lemurs are always dominant over males and there is one dominant female in each group. When the group travels together they will raise their long ringed tails to act as flags to locate other members of the group.  They will mark their territory by rubbing their scent glands on trees.  Breeding usually takes place between April-June with babies being born August-September.  Females will usually have 1-2 offspring. You can see our ring-tailed lemurs along the Bamboo Trail.
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  • Alligator Feeding

    Aug 27th, 2016
    1:00pm - 1:15pm
    Alligator Cove
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  • Farm Keeper Talk

    Aug 27th, 2016
    1:30pm - 1:45pm

    Many different animals have lived at Grassmere since the house was built in 1810. Many of the animals that you will see at the Grassmere Historic Farm are “heritage breeds,” traditional livestock breeds raised by farmers of the past but whose numbers have since fallen.

    Cattle grazed over much of the land that is now Nashville Zoo and at the Grassmere Historic Farm you can see Belted Galloway cattle which originally came from Scotland. They are known for high quality meat and milk while consuming less feed. 

    Sheep were raised at Grassmere during the 1860’s and 1920s-1930s. On the farm you can currently see Cotswold Sheep which originated in England. These sheep produce “long wool” which is popular with wool spinners. 

    You can also see American Milking Devon cattle which are used for meat, milk, or farm work; barn owls; and a Clydesdale whose feet are the size of your dinner plate! 


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  • Animal Encounter (near Critter Encounters)

    Aug 27th, 2016
    1:30pm - 1:55pm
    Along the pathway between Snakebites and Critter Encounters

    This Animal Encounter could include anything from birds of prey to porcupine to snakes and parrots. Small mammals like opossum and rabbit might also make an appearance! 

    Animal Encounters do not occur if it is raining.  There is still a chance you may catch us out during sprinkles though!  

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  • Hyacinth Macaw Keeper Talk

    Aug 27th, 2016
    2:00pm - 2:15pm
    Entry Village
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  • Giraffe Keeper Talk

    Aug 27th, 2016
    2:00pm - 2:15pm
    There are at least six different types of giraffes. You can see two here at Nashville Zoo: Layla is a reticulated giraffe; and Congo, Margarita, and Bahati are Masai giraffes. Giraffes are the tallest of all land mammals. Giraffes have a neck that is 6 feet long and weighs 600 pounds. Their heart is 2 feet long and weighs 25 pounds. They eat about 75 pounds of food each day which they gather with their 18 inch long tongue. Due to this massive size giraffes do not really need to hide from predators, they do need to be worried about lions, but giraffes have a powerful kick that they will use to defend themselves. You can find our giraffes on the African Savannah.
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  • Tapir Keeper Talk

    Aug 27th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:45pm
    Jungle Loop
    Baird’s tapirs are one of five species of tapirs. Four species live in Central and South America and one species lives in Asia. The upper lip of the tapir forms a proboscis similar to an elephant’s trunk.  This is used to help them collect their food as they browse. Tapirs are born brown with white stripes and spots to help with camouflage and turn solid brown with age. 
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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Aug 27th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

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  • Cougar Keeper Talk

    Aug 27th, 2016
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Bamboo Trail
    Cougars, also known as pumas or mountain lions, are solitary animals mostly active at night. At one point, cougars had the largest range of any mammal in North and South America. With the increase in human population that range has shrunk to mostly mountainous regions of the western United States. Males will have a home range of about 150 square miles which will include several females. Cougars will not mate until they have their own territory and then breeding can take place year round. Females will have 1-6 cubs and breed every 2 years as cubs can remain with their mother for more than a year. Cougars can catch large prey which they can drag over 900 feet from the place of capture to feed. They often bury their kills to feed at a later time. You can see our two cougars along Jungle Trail.
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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 27th, 2016
    4:00pm - 4:25pm
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight! 

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  • Seahorse Keeper Talk

    Aug 28th, 2016
    9:45am - 10:00am
    Unseen New World
    The seahorse is one of the most unique looking fish found in the ocean. It has a prehensile tail used to hold on to sea grass and coral. Seahorses have a voracious appetite and will eat for up to 10 hours a day; consuming more than 3,000 crustaceans during that time. Seahorses are monogamous, and will usually have one mate during their lifetime. During a mating dance the female will pass eggs to the male. He will then hold the fertilized eggs in his pouch until they emerge about 20 days later as miniature versions of an adult. Juvenile seahorses will reach maturity in 8-10 months. Seahorses are at risk due to overfishing and habitat degradation. 
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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Aug 28th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 28th, 2016
    10:00am - 10:25am
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight!

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  • Snowy Owl Keeper Talk

    Aug 28th, 2016
    10:30am - 10:45am
    Critter Encounters

    These large ghost-like owls have white feathers to match their snowy arctic habitat. The males have mostly white feathers while females can also have brown or black markings. Snowy owls will usually breed in the arctic area of North America and Europe and migrate to warmer climates in the winter. Snowy owls like to spend the summer hunting in the nearly endless daylight of the arctic.

    Snowy owls build their nests on the ground and will return to the same site year after year. They fiercely protect this nest from other owls and even wolves! Females will lay up to 11 eggs which hatch about 32 days later. Snowy owls live to about 10 years of age.

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  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Aug 28th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • Meerkat Keeper Talk

    Aug 28th, 2016
    11:30am - 11:45am
    Zoo Central
    Meerkats are small mammals related to the mongoose. They live in underground burrows with up to 40 meerkats in groups called mobs. This large social group is key to the meerkats survival. You will see at least one individual on “sentry duty” looking out for predators while others will spend time grooming and playing together to maintain their tight bond. Meerkats are made for digging and can excavate huge burrow systems with many different rooms that provide protection from predators. These burrows can have 15 entrances and they stay a constant cool temperature even in the hot African sun. Be on the lookout for our meerkats near Zoo Central.
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  • Predators Day

    Aug 28th, 2016
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Festival Field

    Get your fang fingers ready for Nashville Predators Day at Nashville Zoo on Sunday, August 28. From 1 – 4 pm, the Zoo will be slammed with games, giveaways and other activities in anticipation of another outstanding hockey season.

    Games and activities, such as the saber tooth tiger slide, youth hockey and inflatable obstacle course, will be set up on the Zoo’s Festival Field. 

    Nashville Predators Day is included with Zoo admission.

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  • Animal Encounter (near Critter Encounters)

    Aug 28th, 2016
    1:30pm - 1:55pm
    Along the pathway between Snakebites and Critter Encounters

    This Animal Encounter could include anything from birds of prey to porcupine to snakes and parrots. Small mammals like opossum and rabbit might also make an appearance! 

    Animal Encounters do not occur if it is raining.  There is still a chance you may catch us out during sprinkles though!  

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  • Hyacinth Macaw Keeper Talk

    Aug 28th, 2016
    2:00pm - 2:15pm
    Entry Village
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  • Giraffe Keeper Talk

    Aug 28th, 2016
    2:00pm - 2:15pm
    There are at least six different types of giraffes. You can see two here at Nashville Zoo: Layla is a reticulated giraffe; and Congo, Margarita, and Bahati are Masai giraffes. Giraffes are the tallest of all land mammals. Giraffes have a neck that is 6 feet long and weighs 600 pounds. Their heart is 2 feet long and weighs 25 pounds. They eat about 75 pounds of food each day which they gather with their 18 inch long tongue. Due to this massive size giraffes do not really need to hide from predators, they do need to be worried about lions, but giraffes have a powerful kick that they will use to defend themselves. You can find our giraffes on the African Savannah.
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  • Red River Hog Keeper Talk

    Aug 28th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:45pm
    African Savannah
    Red river hogs are very social animals who will live in groups of up to 20. Groups are usually made up of 1 adult male, several females, and their piglets. They are mostly active once the sun sets where they will use their shovel like snouts to dig up roots or bulbs to eat, though red river hogs will eat most anything they find. Female hogs will give birth to about 1-4 piglets. Male offspring are forced out of their group at about one year of age. Male red river hogs will fight by butting heads, whipping each other with their tails, and will fluff their facial hair when threatened. You can see our red river hogs on the African Savannah.
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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Aug 28th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

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  • Cougar Keeper Talk

    Aug 28th, 2016
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Bamboo Trail
    Cougars, also known as pumas or mountain lions, are solitary animals mostly active at night. At one point, cougars had the largest range of any mammal in North and South America. With the increase in human population that range has shrunk to mostly mountainous regions of the western United States. Males will have a home range of about 150 square miles which will include several females. Cougars will not mate until they have their own territory and then breeding can take place year round. Females will have 1-6 cubs and breed every 2 years as cubs can remain with their mother for more than a year. Cougars can catch large prey which they can drag over 900 feet from the place of capture to feed. They often bury their kills to feed at a later time. You can see our two cougars along Jungle Trail.
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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 28th, 2016
    4:00pm - 4:25pm
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight! 

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  • Dwarf Caiman Keeper Talk

    Aug 29th, 2016
    10:00am - 10:15am
    Dwarf caiman are the smallest species of crocodile.  They like to live in flooded forests with clean and fast-flowing rivers in South America.  They will be found alone or in pairs.  Breeding can occur throughout the year depending on the habitat and the female will lay 10-25 eggs in a nest that was built.  The sex of the eggs are determined by the temperature of the nest during the incubation period.  The eggs hatch after a 90 day incubation and the young will stay with the mother for several weeks.  Dwarf caiman are mainly nocturnal, spending the day in a burrow while going out at night to hunt.  You can see our dwarf caiman in Unseen New World.        
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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 29th, 2016
    10:00am - 10:25am
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight!

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  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Aug 29th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • Barn Owl Keeper Talk

    Aug 29th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Grassmere Historic Home and Farm

    Barns owls are the most widespread of any owl species and can be found in any habitat that meets their needs. As with other owls they swallow their prey whole and then cough up pellets which contain all the non-digestible parts of their prey such as bones and fur.

    Barn owls have great eyesight but they are renowned for their ability to hear extremely soft noises. A barn owl hunting in complete darkness can still locate and capture prey using sound alone. Barn owls have been known to nest in hollow trees and artificial nest boxes but earn their name by often taking up residence in old buildings such as abandoned barns and silos. You can see our barn owls at the Croft House barn.

     

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  • White-cheeked Gibbon Keeper Talk

    Aug 29th, 2016
    11:30am - 11:45am
    Gibbon Islands
    Gibbons are not monkeys, but are considered lesser apes due in part to their lack of a tail and ability to walk bipedally on their back legs. Gibbons move through the trees by a process called brachiation which involves swinging using only their arms. Gibbons live in a family unit of an adult male and female and their offspring. The adult female is the dominant member of the group. White-cheeked gibbons are born blonde to camouflage with their mother and then turn black as juveniles. Females finally turn back to a blonde color at sexual maturity while the males stay black. You can see our gibbons on Gibbon Island near Entry Village. 
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  • Animal Encounter (near Critter Encounters)

    Aug 29th, 2016
    1:30pm - 1:55pm
    Along the pathway between Snakebites and Critter Encounters

    This Animal Encounter could include anything from birds of prey to porcupine to snakes and parrots. Small mammals like opossum and rabbit might also make an appearance! 

    Animal Encounters do not occur if it is raining.  There is still a chance you may catch us out during sprinkles though!  

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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Aug 29th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

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  • Africa Field Keeper Talk

    Aug 29th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:45pm

    Africa field is home to several species including Ostrich, Eland, Bontebok, and other antelope species. 

    The ostrich is the largest flightless bird in the world. They can run about 40 miles an hour covering 10-16 feet with a single stride. The ostrich will often use their wings as rudders to help change direction quickly while running. Ostriches will live in groups of about 12 birds. All the females of the group will place their eggs in the nest of the dominant female. A single ostrich egg is equivalent to 24 chicken eggs! Ostriches can often be found around other grazing animals like antelope and zebras. Ostriches have great eyesight and will often alert other animals of predators in the area. It is myth that ostriches head their heads in the sand. They will put their necks close to the ground to try and hide from predators, from a distance it appears that their head is in the sand.

    Eland are one of the largest hooved animals in the world. They are very adaptable animals with the ability to live in all environments except deserts, forests, and swamps. They are some of the slowest antelope, running only 25 miles per hour. Eland will live in herds of up to 25. There may be more than one male but only the dominant male will have access to females for breeding. Calves are born after a 9 month gestation period and hide after they are born for protection. 

    The bontebok was nearly extinct in the wild but the creation of Bontebok National Park and breeding on game farms led to the current population of over 2,000 existing throughout southern Africa. Their current conservation status includes the closely related blesbok of which 250,000 exist. They graze during the day on grasses in small groups of about 10. Males will mark their territory with dung and participate in challenge rituals with neighboring males. Both males and females will grow horns. 

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  • Cassowary Keeper Talk

    Aug 29th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:45pm
    Jungle Loop

    Double-wattled cassowaries are solitary birds that live in some of the oldest rainforests in the world known as the “wet tropics.” They are the second largest birds in the world after the ostrich. They can be distinguished by their helmet-like casque atop their head and red wattles on their neck.

    Cassowaries are important to the diversity of the rainforest. They consume over 78 different species of plants. Their poop helps to germinate new plants by spreading the seeds of the consumed plants. Female cassowaries will lay their eggs and leave the males to do all the incubating and raising of the chicks for up to 9 months. You can see our cassowaries across from Kangaroo Kickabout.

     

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  • Clouded Leopard Talk

    Aug 29th, 2016
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Bamboo Trail

    Clouded leopards are the top predators in their range and help control populations of prey species. They are solitary hunters active largely at night. Similar to other leopards they are great climbers and can usually be found in trees which they use to hunt and as resting places. Little is known about their breeding behavior but it is thought that they can mate year round. You can visit our clouded leopards on the Bamboo Trail.

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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 29th, 2016
    4:00pm - 4:25pm
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight! 

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  • Tarantula Keeper Talk

    Aug 30th, 2016
    10:00am - 10:15am
    Unseen New World

    The Goliath Bird-eating Tarantula got its name from an explorer who spotted one eating a hummingbird, but their diet rarely consists of birds. Bird-eating tarantulas are the heaviest of all spiders and the second largest. They have inch long fangs which they use to infect venom into their prey. A bite would feel like a wasp sting to a human but it paralyzes its small prey. The tarantula then secretes digestive juices into its prey that turns its insides into liquid. Everything the tarantula eats must be in liquid form. Bird eating tarantulas do make webs, but they are not used to catch prey. They are used for shelter and protection. 50% of males are killed or injured during mating, which explains the dramatic difference in lifespans.

    You can see our Goliath Bird-eating Tarantula in Unseen New World.

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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 30th, 2016
    10:00am - 10:25am
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight!

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  • Flamingo Keeper Talk

    Aug 30th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Flamingo Lagoon
    Caribbean flamingos are one of 6 species of flamingos which can be found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. During breeding season they gather in colonies of 5,000 - 100,000 birds. After attracting a partner through an elaborate mating dance a pair of flamingos will begin to build a mud mound on which the female will lay her egg. Both males and females will help incubate the egg and they share responsibilities in caring for the chick.  Flamingos are born gray and do not get their pink feathers until 1-3 years of age. Their diet contains carotenoid pigments which will give them their characteristic pink color. Flamingos are filter feeders and hold their head upside down in shallow water to strain out their food. Flamingos very rarely lay down and even sleep standing up, often only on one leg. You can see our flamingos in Flamingo Lagoon.
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  • Siamang Keeper Talk

    Aug 30th, 2016
    11:30am - 11:45am
    Gibbon Islands
    Commonly mistaken for monkeys, siamangs are actually the largest of the lesser ape species. Like all apes, they lack tails and have the ability to move bipedially on their back legs only. Siamangs spend most of their day in trees moving through a process called brachiation meaning they move from tree to tree using only their arms. Siamangs live in a family group consisting a breeding pair and their offspring. Females will give birth every 2-3 years. Siamangs have an enlarged throat sac which can swell to the size of their head to amplify their vocalizations you can hear throughout the zoo!
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  • Animal Encounter (near Critter Encounters)

    Aug 30th, 2016
    1:30pm - 1:55pm
    Along the pathway between Snakebites and Critter Encounters

    This Animal Encounter could include anything from birds of prey to porcupine to snakes and parrots. Small mammals like opossum and rabbit might also make an appearance! 

    Animal Encounters do not occur if it is raining.  There is still a chance you may catch us out during sprinkles though!  

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  • Yellow-backed Duiker Keeper Talk

    Aug 30th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:45pm
    Bamboo Trail
    Yellow-backed duikers are the largest of all 15 species of duiker.  Adult duikers have black coats with a white face.  The yellow hair begins to appear on their back at 5-9 months and will stand up when the duiker feels threatened or becomes agitated. Little is known about the behavior of yellow-backed duikers due to their shy nature and the thick forests they call home.  Duikers will be solitary or live in a monogamous pair.  They can breed anytime during the year and typically have offspring twice a year.  Young duikers are hidden by their mothers in underbrush for the first several weeks of their life for protection from predators.   Due to their size duikers have to forage for much the day.  While foraging, duikers need to lookout for painted dogs, lions, and leopards.  One of their main defenses is to dive into the underbrush to evade predators.   Yellow-backed duikers have large scent glands underneath their eyes and in between their toes which they rub on trees to mark their territory.  Duikers will also use these glands to rub on their mates during courtship, familiarize young with their parents scent, and males will rub them on other males during competition.   You can see our yellow backed duikers on Bamboo Trail.        
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  • Rhinoceros Hornbill Keeper Talk

    Aug 30th, 2016
    3:00pm - 3:15pm

    The rhinoceros hornbill is one of 54 species of hornbill that exist. The rhinoceros hornbill can be distinguished by its banana-shaped casque on the top of its beak. It is thought that this is used to amplify the sound of its call. It is made out of keratin, just like our fingernails and hair and is very strong and lightweight.

    Rhinoceros hornbills chose a nest high in a tree cavity. With The female inside a breeding pair works together to cover the opening with mud and scat, leaving only a small slit to pass food through. The female stays inside the nest for 3 months incubating and caring for the eggs. You can see our rhinoceros hornbill on Bamboo Trail.

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  • Clouded Leopard Talk

    Aug 30th, 2016
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Bamboo Trail

    Clouded leopards are the top predators in their range and help control populations of prey species. They are solitary hunters active largely at night. Similar to other leopards they are great climbers and can usually be found in trees which they use to hunt and as resting places. Little is known about their breeding behavior but it is thought that they can mate year round. You can visit our clouded leopards on the Bamboo Trail.

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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 30th, 2016
    4:00pm - 4:25pm
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight! 

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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 31st, 2016
    10:00am - 10:25am
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight!

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  • Hellbender Keeper Talk

    Aug 31st, 2016
    10:00am - 10:15am
    Unseen New World

    The largest salamander in Tennessee, hellbenders can be found in the eastern two thirds of the state. Hellbender populations have gone through dramatic declines across their range over the last 20 years and are now a candidate species for endangered status listing. Hellbenders will spend their entire lives in water. They prefer cold fast moving water with high levels of oxygen due to the fact that 95% of their oxygen is absorbed through their skin. Their tiny eyes can detect light but are not very good at forming images. Hellbenders are solitary nocturnal animals who spend the daytime hiding under rocks. A meeting between two hellbenders will usually result in a fight between them. You can see our hellbenders in Unseen New World.

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  • Red Panda Keeper Talk

    Aug 31st, 2016
    10:30am - 10:45am
    Bamboo Trail
    The red pandas were once thought to be relatives of raccoons and bears but research has now put them in their own animal family Ailuridae. Red pandas are solitary and they rarely interact with another red panda outside of mating season. Breeding season is in the early winter with most births being in June. Similarly to their giant panda relatives red pandas have a wrist bone that acts like a thumb to help them grip bamboo. You can see our red pandas on Bamboo Trail.
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  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Aug 31st, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • Saddle-Billed Stork Keeper Talk

    Aug 31st, 2016
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Zoo Central

    Saddle-billed storks are the tallest of all storks. The pointed beak of the stork is used to repeatedly stab in open water or marshlands looking for prey. Recognized by the yellow skin, or lappet, that covers the front of the bill like a “saddle.” Saddle-billed storks mate for life and each pair will build their nest away from other birds and will defend their territory from other birds. Their nests are large enough to hide the bird completely while in the nest. Female saddle-billed storks will lay up to 5 eggs and both the male and female incubate the eggs and raise the chicks in the nest. Storks are a symbol of fertility and good luck. You can see our saddle-billed storks across from the meerkats.

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  • Porcupine Keeper Talk

    Aug 31st, 2016
    11:30am - 11:45am
    Jungle Loop

    African crested porcupines are the largest porcupine in the world and the third largest rodent.  Despite popular beliefs no porcupine can shoot their quills.  If they feel threatened they will raise their quills to seem larger, stamp their feet and click their teeth, and rattle their quills.  If all of that fails the porcupine will ran backward and ram their attacker with their quills.  Porcupines form monogamous pairs, meaning they breed together for long periods of time.  Females will have 1-3 offspring called porcupettes who only stay with the mother for a few months.

    You can meet our three porcupines, Kiazi and his two offspring, Dave Sharpell and Jake Quillenhall (yes, those are their real names) on the Jungle Loop between Tapir and Cougar.

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  • Animal Encounter (near Critter Encounters)

    Aug 31st, 2016
    1:30pm - 1:55pm
    Along the pathway between Snakebites and Critter Encounters

    This Animal Encounter could include anything from birds of prey to porcupine to snakes and parrots. Small mammals like opossum and rabbit might also make an appearance! 

    Animal Encounters do not occur if it is raining.  There is still a chance you may catch us out during sprinkles though!  

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  • Tapir Keeper Talk

    Aug 31st, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:45pm
    Jungle Loop
    Baird’s tapirs are one of five species of tapirs. Four species live in Central and South America and one species lives in Asia. The upper lip of the tapir forms a proboscis similar to an elephant’s trunk.  This is used to help them collect their food as they browse. Tapirs are born brown with white stripes and spots to help with camouflage and turn solid brown with age. 
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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Aug 31st, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

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  • Rhinoceros Hornbill Keeper Talk

    Aug 31st, 2016
    3:00pm - 3:15pm

    The rhinoceros hornbill is one of 54 species of hornbill that exist. The rhinoceros hornbill can be distinguished by its banana-shaped casque on the top of its beak. It is thought that this is used to amplify the sound of its call. It is made out of keratin, just like our fingernails and hair and is very strong and lightweight.

    Rhinoceros hornbills chose a nest high in a tree cavity. With The female inside a breeding pair works together to cover the opening with mud and scat, leaving only a small slit to pass food through. The female stays inside the nest for 3 months incubating and caring for the eggs. You can see our rhinoceros hornbill on Bamboo Trail.

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  • Cougar Keeper Talk

    Aug 31st, 2016
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Bamboo Trail
    Cougars, also known as pumas or mountain lions, are solitary animals mostly active at night. At one point, cougars had the largest range of any mammal in North and South America. With the increase in human population that range has shrunk to mostly mountainous regions of the western United States. Males will have a home range of about 150 square miles which will include several females. Cougars will not mate until they have their own territory and then breeding can take place year round. Females will have 1-6 cubs and breed every 2 years as cubs can remain with their mother for more than a year. Cougars can catch large prey which they can drag over 900 feet from the place of capture to feed. They often bury their kills to feed at a later time. You can see our two cougars along Jungle Trail.
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  • "Nashville Zoo Takes Flight" Macaw Encounter

    Aug 31st, 2016
    4:00pm - 4:25pm
    Starts near Amphitheater, ends near Critter Encounters

    See our macaws fly over 1/8 of a mile or nearly 700 feet from the back of the amphitheater to an area near Critter Encounters. Enjoy the beauty of their flight as they make their way on their own over visitors and through the trees to their landing branches. Upon landing you will get an opportunity to take photos and learn from their trainers all about these magnificent birds.Visitors can also enjoy a Macaw encounter at the end of its flight! 

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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Sep 1st, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Sep 1st, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Sep 1st, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

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  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Sep 2nd, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Sep 2nd, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

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  • Zoovie Night, Presented by Southern Icee

    Sep 2nd, 2016
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Festival Field

    Join us for a fun family night under the stars!

    Zoovie Nights include games, inflatables, music, crafts and after-hour access to the carousel and zipline! When the sun goes down the evening’s feature film will play on a large inflatable screen, so pack a blanket and head to the Zoo!

     

    Event Schedule

    6 PM - Sunset
    • Inflatables, DJ and games on Festival Field
    • Face painting, crafts and concessions*
    • Carousel and zipline open*

    *additional fees apply

    Sunset - Movie time!

    Please note that Zoo animal trails will close at 6 pm and guests must stay in Festival Field area after Zoo closing time.

    Movies

    • May 27: Minions
    • June 24: Kung Fu Panda
    • Sept. 2: How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Zoovie Cost

    Members - Free
    Non-Members - Included with day-of admission, OR $6 per person if entering after 6pm

     

    Additional Amenities

    Mom Spot - Stop by this complimentary diaper changing station and privacy tent for nursing moms, hosted by Baby+Company.

    Inclement Weather

    In the case of inclement weather, please check the Zoo's Facebook page for up-to-date information. Weather-influenced cancellations will be made by 4:30pm on the day-of the event.

     
     

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  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Sep 3rd, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • Hyacinth Macaw Keeper Talk

    Sep 3rd, 2016
    2:00pm - 2:15pm
    Entry Village
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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Sep 3rd, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

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  • Zzzoofari Slumber

    Start: Sep 3, 2016
    4:00pm
    End: Sep 4, 2016
    9:00am

    Join us for a unique camping experience as you sleep under the stars just a short distance away from the snoozing animals.

    Zzzoofari Slumber is an overnight camp session for families and escorted children. Recommended for kids ages 4 - 12 years old. Enjoy a variety of activities during the evening and a full breakfast the next morning.

     

    Schedule of Activities

    • 4 - 6 pm - Crafts and Tent Set-up
    • 6 - 7:30 pm - Jungle Gym, Wild Animal Carousel, Soaring Eagle Zipline, Hayride, and Nashville Stars Animal Show (starts at 7pm)
    • 7:30 - 9:30 pm - Corn hole, inflatables, and campfire with hot dog and marshmallow roast

    Activities include hayrides, carousel and zipline rides (until 7pm), inflatables, an animal show, crafts, evening hot dog and marshmallow roast and a full breakfast in the morning.

     

    Packing list:

    • Tent
    • Sleeping bags, Pillows & Blankets
    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste etc..)
    • Flashlight/ Battery powered lantern
    Recommended/Suggested Items:
    • Dinner Food/Snacks (to supplement the hot dog and marshmallow roast)
    • Camp chair or blanket
    • Musical instruments (any of you aspiring musicians out there are welcome to play or sing a little ditty around the campfire!)

    Pricing

    Members (age 4+) - $38
    Non-Members (age 4+) - $55
    Toddlers (age 2-4) - $15
    Groups of 8+ $30/each

    Pricing includes souvenir gift for registered children.

     

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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Sep 4th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Sep 4th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • Hyacinth Macaw Keeper Talk

    Sep 4th, 2016
    2:00pm - 2:15pm
    Entry Village
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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Sep 4th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

    More Details
  • "Wingin' It" Animal Show

    Sep 5th, 2016
    11:00am - 11:25am
    Amphitheater

    Hunters, fliers, talkers and more!  Come experience the wonder of birds from all corners of the earth. As they soar over your head you'll understand just how all of these birds wing it out in the wild!

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  • "Destination Wild" Animal Show

    Sep 5th, 2016
    2:30pm - 2:55pm
    Amphitheater

    Every species from flying predators to rain forest seed dispersers plays a critical role in the environment. Come meet some key players who keep nature in balance as we bring the wild to you!

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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Sep 8th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Sep 11th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Sep 15th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Heritage Music Festival, featuring Jeff Black

    Sep 17th, 2016
    10:00am - 6:00pm
    Grassmere Historic Home

    Make plans to attend Nashville Zoo’s inaugural Heritage Music Festival, featuring Jeff Black, on Saturday, September 17. The event, running from 10am-6pm, will honor the Zoo’s history with Americana style music on the front lawn and living history demonstrations on the back.

    Grab a blanket and spend the day listening to great music all while learning about the life and times of a few Nashvillians over the last 200 years including the remarkable conservation gift given to the city by the last two residents of Grassmere Home. Event included in the cost of admission; food, souvenirs, and additional activities available for purchase.

    Main Stage Line Up

    10:00 - 10:45 a.m. -  The Erabellas
    11:00 - 11:45 a.m. - TN Warblers
    Noon - 12:45 p.m. - Carolina Story
    1:00 - 1:45 p.m. - The Danberrys
    2:15 - 3:00 p.m. - Grasstime
    3:45 - 4:30 p.m. - Luke Amelang
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Jeff Black

    Kid’s Stage Line Up

    11:45 - Noon - Storytelling by Jane Marshall
    12:45 - 1:00 p.m. - Storytelling by Jane Marshall
    1:45 - 2:15 p.m. - Bill Crosby
    3:00 - 3:45 p.m. - The Happy Racers
    4:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Animal Show

     

    Additional Amenities

    Mom Spot - Stop by this complimentary diaper changing station and privacy tent for nursing moms, hosted by Baby+Company.

     

    Sponsored by

     
    Classic Party Rentals
    Golden Flake Snack Foods
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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Sep 18th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Rockin' for Rhinos Conservation Concert

    Sep 18th, 2016
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    The Basement East

    Join Nashville zookeepers at Basement East on Sunday, September 18 for their inaugural Rockin’ for Rhinos concert featuring Lewis Brice, Jason Martin, and The Middle Ground. All proceeds from concert admission sales will benefit the conservation of all five rhinoceros species and their native habitats in Asia and Africa.

    Tickets can be purchased online through TicketWeb.  Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. 

    Buy tickets

     

    Rhino Conservation

    With only 29,000 individual rhinos remaining for all five rhino species, including less than 100 for two of these species, these conservation efforts are more important than ever. It is also important to know that without our support, rhinos will go extinct within our lifetime.

    About the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)

    A portion of AAZK’s mission statement references its desire to “support deserving conservation projects and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.” In doing so, our chapter raises money for many different conservation programs through fundraising activities and events, and also educates the public on these initiatives. AAZK, as a national organization, hosts fundraising events each year to continually support rhino conservation and many other conservation efforts around the world.Together we CAN make a difference in preserving this marvelous animal and its wild habitats.

     

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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Sep 22nd, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Sunset Safari, presented by UBS

    Sep 22nd, 2016
    6:30pm - 9:30pm

    Sunset Safari is our annual celebration in support of Nashville Zoo. Spend a memorable evening enjoying food and drinks from the city’s best restaurants, live entertainment and special animal hosts. This year’s event celebrates the opening of our new white rhinoceros exhibit. Get your tickets today and join us for rhinormous fun on Sept. 22!

     

    Event Details

    Thursday, September 22 | 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    • 6:00 pm - Benefactors Reception begins in the VIP Lounge
    • 6:00-8:30 pm - Patrons Party in the VIP Lounge
    • 6:30-9:30 pm - Main Event

    Dress: Safari Chic. Wear your strolling shoes.
    Ages 21+ only. No exceptions.
    Event will be held rain or shine. All ticket sales are final.

     

    Ticket Levels

    Benefactors - $1000

    Admits two guests to the Benefactors Reception, which includes early admission to the VIP Lounge, more intimate conversation with Zoo President Rick Schwartz, reserved parking and access to the Patrons Party and Main Event. All responses received by July 25 will be included on the invitation.

    Patron - $250

    Admits one guest to the Patrons Party in the VIP lounge with unique animal experiences and special hors d'oeuvres. Includes Main Event.

    Main Event - $150

    Admits one guest to enjoy unlimited food and beverage from Nashville's finest restaurants and beverage providers.

    Junior Main Event - $75

    Admits one guest ages 21 to 29 to enjoy unlimited food and beverage from Nashville's finest restaurants and beverage providers.

    Buy tickets

    Online ticket sales end on 9/22/16 at midnight.
    Tickets will be available for purchase at the Zoo on the night of the event.

    Invite your Facebook friends to Sunset Safari!

     

    Event Hosted By

    Event
    Co-chairs

    Lisa Henderson
    Cile Scanlan
    Melanie Tigrett

    Honorary Chairs

    Lily Aldridge
    Caleb Followill

     


     

    Food & Drink Vendors

    Adele's
    Amerigo
    Aquarium Restaurant
    Bajo Sexto Taco
    Ben and Jerry's
    Blue Chair Bay Rum
    Chauhan Ale and Masala House
    City House
    City Winery
    Dick's Last Resort
    Edley's Bar-B-Que
    Flip Burger Boutique
    Frothy Monkey
    I Love Juice Bar
    Kayne Prime
    Kickin Coffee and Tea
    Krispy Kreme
    Little Debbie
    Local Taco
    Moto
    Nashville Sweets
    Nordstrom Grill
    Noshville Deli
    Nothing Bundt Cakes
    Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co.
    Padrino's Pops
    Paul's Chocolate
    Pinewood Social
    Saint Anejo
    Sambuca
    Seersucker Candy Co.
    Silo
    Stones River Baking
    Table 3
    TailGate Beer
    Tavern
    Taziki's
    Tempered Cafe and Chocolate
    The Bridge at Renaissance Hotel
    The Honeysuckle
    The Hook
    The Melting Pot
    The Row
    Trattoria II Mulino
    Virago
    Vui's Kitchen
    Whiskey Kitchen
    Wildhorse Saloon
     

     


     

    Presenting Sponsor:

     

    Sponsored by:

    Allen Printing
    Blue Chair Bay Rum
    Brasfield & Gorrie
    Coca Cola
    Ironhorse Capital
    Park 'N Fly
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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Sep 25th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Sep 29th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Special Animal Enrichment for Halloween

    Oct 1st, 2016
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    On Saturday, Oct. 1, Nashville Zoo animals will be partaking in their own form of trick-or-treating as they enjoy seasonal favorites like cricket-filled pumpkins and Jell-O eyeballs during a special Halloween-themed enrichment day. 

    Nashville Zoo animals receive daily enrichment to promote natural behaviors and ensure optimal physical and mental health. 

    Most animals will receive their seasonal treat when they are let out on exhibit for the day, while others will receive it during scheduled keeper talks. 

    Special Keeper Talks:
     9:30 am - Rhino Iguana (Unseen New World) and Snowy Owl (Critter Encounters) 
     10:00 am - Siamang (Gibbon Islands) and Bat (Unseen New World)
     10:30 am - White-Cheeked Gibbon and Clouded Leopard
     11:00 am - Barn Owl  (Historic Farm) and Tortoise (Critter Encounter) 
     11:30 am - Cassowary and Cougar
     12 pm - Rhino Hornbill 
     12:30 pm - Africa Field (antelope, ostrich, etc) 
     1:00 pm - Stork
     1:30 pm - Giraffe 
     2 pm - Meerkat
     2:30 pm - Red River Hog and Cattle (Historic Farm)

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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Oct 2nd, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Cigna-Healthspring Senior Day

    Oct 5th, 2016
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Senior Day at the Zoo is the result of a partnership between Nashville Zoo and Cigna-HealthSpring.

    All seniors (65+) receive FREE admission until 4 pm on October 5, 2016! Nashville Zoo guests age 65 and over will also enjoy complimentary parking validation during both Cigna-HeathSpring Senior Days!  NO reservations required.   

    The young and young-at-heart can enjoy special keeper talks, rides on the Wild Animal Carousel and unique, educational, and interactive encounters with our outreach animals along the Zoo paths.

    Cigna-HealthSpring, a Cigna company (NYSE:CI), is one of the country's leading health plans focused on delivering care to the senior population, predominately through Medicare Advantage and other Medicare and Medicaid products. Cigna-HealthSpring serves over one million customers in locations across the country. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Cigna-HealthSpring operates health plans in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C. Cigna-HealthSpring also offers a national stand-alone prescription drug plan. For more information, visit www.cignahealthspring.com.

    Special Keeper Talk Schedule

    9:30  |  Rhino Iguana Keeper Talk (Unseen New World)
    10:00  |  Bat Feeding (Unseen New World) and White-Cheeked Gibbon Keeper Talk (Gibbon Island)
    10:30  |  Clouded Leopard Keeper Talk
    11:00  |  Galapagos Tortoise Keeper Talk (Critter Encounters) and Equine Keeper Talk (Historic Farm)
    11:30 |  Meerkat Keeper Talk, and Rhinoceros Hornbill Keeper Talk (Bamboo Trail)
    12:00  |  Red River Hog Keeper Talk
    12:30  |  Flamingo Keeper Talk 
    1:00  |  Cassowary Keeper Talk and Komodo Dragon Keeper Talk (Critter Encounter)
    1:30  |  Veterinary Keeper Talk at Lorikeet Landing and Siamang Keeper Talk
    2:00  |  Cougar Keeper Talk, and Giraffe Keeper Talk
    2:30  |  Tapir Keeper Talk

    Weather permitting, lorikeet keepers will be at Lorikeet Landing from 9:00 am - 5:15 pm and kangaroo keepers will be at Kangaroo Kickabout from 9:00 am- 6:00 pm to answer questions.

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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Oct 6th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Oct 9th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
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  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 14th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets are include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more. Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.


     

    Event Details

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    Buy tickets!


    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including tots under 2
    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.





    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.





    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:

    Golden Flake Snack Foods


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  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 15th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets are include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more. Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.


     

    Event Details

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    Buy tickets!


    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including tots under 2
    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.





    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.





    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:

    Golden Flake Snack Foods


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  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 16th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets are include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more. Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.


     

    Event Details

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    Buy tickets!


    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including tots under 2
    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.





    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.





    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:

    Golden Flake Snack Foods


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  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 21st, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets are include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more. Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.


     

    Event Details

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    Buy tickets!


    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including tots under 2
    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.





    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.





    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:

    Golden Flake Snack Foods


    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 22nd, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets are include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more. Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.


     

    Event Details

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    Buy tickets!


    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including tots under 2
    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.





    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.





    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:

    Golden Flake Snack Foods


    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 23rd, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets are include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more. Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.


     

    Event Details

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    Buy tickets!


    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including tots under 2
    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.





    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.





    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:

    Golden Flake Snack Foods


    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 27th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets are include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more. Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.


     

    Event Details

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    Buy tickets!


    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including tots under 2
    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.





    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.





    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:

    Golden Flake Snack Foods


    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 28th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets are include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more. Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.


     

    Event Details

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    Buy tickets!


    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including tots under 2
    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.





    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.





    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:

    Golden Flake Snack Foods


    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 29th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets are include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more. Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.


     

    Event Details

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    Buy tickets!


    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including tots under 2
    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.





    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.





    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:

    Golden Flake Snack Foods


    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 30th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets are include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more. Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.


     

    Event Details

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    Buy tickets!


    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including tots under 2
    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.





    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.





    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:

    Golden Flake Snack Foods


    More Details
  • Military Appreciation Day, presented by Regions

    Nov 13th, 2016
    9:00am - 4:00pm

    Nashville Zoo and Regions Bank invite active military personnel, military veterans and their immediate families to receive free admission during Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, November 13.

    Military Appreciation Day is offered in gratitude for the commitment, bravery and sacrifices made by those who serve our country. In addition to regular Zoo activities, a special children’s fun zone will be set up on Festival Field with bounce houses, games and activities.

    The Grassmere Historic Home will be open to visitors on this day. A collection of military items will be on display downstairs and on the back porch of the house.

    Did you know?

    Nashville Zoo offers a discount throughout the year of $1 off each admission for military personnel and their families.

    Who is eligible?

    Active military personnel, military veterans and their immediate families

    How to receive the discount:

    Visitors must show their military ID, veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification to be given free admission. Dependents must be accompanied by an active duty military personnel or veteran to receive the discounted admission. Please note: The normal $5 parking fee per vehicle will still apply.

     

    Special Keeper Talk Schedule for Military Appreciation Day

    9:30 Seahorse keeper talk in the Unseen New World
    10:00 Bat Feeding in the Unseen New World
    10:30 Snowy Owl at Critter Encounter
    11:00 Meerkat keeper talk & Macaw Flight near Critter Encounter
    11:30 Ring-tailed Lemur keeper talk
    12:00 Red River Hog keeper talk
    12:30 Aviary Keeper talk
    1:00 Cougar keeper talk
    1:30 Sheep Encounter at the Historic Farm
    2:00 Giraffe keeper talk & Bird of Prey Flight at the Historic Farm
    2:30 Tiger keeper talk

    Weather permitting, lorikeet keepers will be at Lorikeet Landing 9:00- 3:15, keepers will be in Critter Encounter 9:00-4:00, and kangaroo keepers will be in Kangaroo Kickabout 9:00-4:00 to answer questions.

     

    Additional Amenities

    Mom Spot - Stop by this complimentary diaper changing station and privacy tent for nursing moms, hosted by Baby+Company.

     

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