Upcoming Events

  • 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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  • Fall Gardening Class Series

    Oct 1st, 2016
    11:00am - Noon
    Garden behind the Historic Home

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this October. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including seed saving, monarch butterflies, preparing for spring, and canning. 

    Fall gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at 11 a.m. at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts, soil sample kits, and other helpful items.

    • October 1: Seed to Seed: An Introduction to Seed Saving
    • October 8: Saving the Monarchs
    • October 15: Yes, You Can Can: Canning and Preserving
    • October 22: Fall Preparations for Spring Planting

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens. For the last 18 years, the Master Gardeners have provided the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the historic home both beautiful and bountiful.

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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)


    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.


    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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