Wish List

Wish List

Another great way to help Nashville Zoo is by donating items to fulfill different needs.

Below is a wish list of needed items. Items can be dropped off at the Zoo's Croft Center.

If you would like to know more about our Wish List and ways you can help, please contact us at pr@nashvillezoo.org.


Animal Enrichment Wishlist

Along with the animal’s health and diet, environmental enrichment is a crucial part to the quality of life and welfare of each animal at the Zoo. The keepers are very knowledgeable of species’ natural behaviors and physiology which enables them to develop the most appropriate and effective enrichment programs. The following items have been requested by the Zoo's animal care departments to enrich the lives' of the species in their care. To learn more about enrichment at the Zoo, check out our blog.

  • Leather String - all species of birds and primates
  • Boomer Balls - different species can enjoy different size Boomer balls:
    • 10" Boomer Ball - Birds, Meerkat, Primates, Anteater, Tamandua, Civet, Serval, New Guinea Singing Dog, Clouded Leopard, Kinkajou, Prehensile-tailed Porcupine, Skunk, Rabbit, Virginia Opossum, Armadillo, Turtles/Tortoise, Binturong
    • 10-20"+ Boomer Balls - Antelope, Giant Anteater, Red Kangaroos, Primates, Red Panda, Cougar, Tiger, Bear, Horses, Zebra, Cows
  • Plastic link toys - All species of birds and primates, kinkajou, giant anteater, tamandua, rabbits
  • Plastic wading pools - All species of birds and primates, red kangaroo, red panda, goats, alpaca, clouded leopard (cubs), serval, singing dog, snakes, armadillo, tamandua, binturong, civet, skunks, turtles, tortoises, kinkajou, pudu, rabbit
  • Push broom head - All species of hoofstock and primates, clouded leopard, red panda
  • Coconut shells - All species of birds and primates, small mammals, small carnivores
  • Hol-ee balls - All species of primates, most birds, red kangaroos, tamandua, binturong, civet, red panda, kinkajou, skunk
  • Boomer Ball Bobbins - All species of primates and hoofstock, goats, red kangaroo, Cougar, Clouded Leopard, Tiger, Bear, Red Panda, Anteater, Tamandua, Civet, Binturong, Serval, Singing Dog, Prehensile-tailed Porcupine, Kinkajou, Skunk, Meerkat
  • Shatterproof mirrors - All species of primates and birds, Tiger, Bear, Clouded Leopard, Cougar, Red Panda, Binturong, Civet, Kinkajou, Serval
  • Metal Kabobs and Wire Hanging Feeders - All species of primates and birds, Degus
  • Packing or tissue paper - All species of primates and birds, Tiger, Bear, Clouded Leopard, Cougar, Red Panda, Binturong, Civet, Kinkajou, Skunk, Armadillo, Degus, Hedgehog, Snakes
  • Pony beads - Macaws, Cockatoos, Lorikeets, Amazon parrots, Conures, Crow
  • Perfumes or Body Sprays (plastic bottles preferred) - All animals
  • Snap Clips and Carabiners - Used by staff to hang existing enrichment items
  • Gift Cards to PetSmart, Caitec, Dr. Foster & Smith, Otto Environmental, Desert Plastics/Wildlife Toybox, Amazon, Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, Tractor Supply Co.