Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Sign as zoo entrance
|Date opened||1990 (as Grassmere Wildlife Park)|
|Location||Nashville, Tennessee, USA|
|Land area||200 acres (81 ha)|
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere was founded in 1996, the result of a merger between two competing facilities, The Nashville Zoo and Grassmere Wildlife Park (which was located at the zoo's present location). The resulting facility has been engineered to grow so as to take maximum advantage of its 200 acres (81 ha).
Grassmere Historic Home
On the grounds of the zoo facilities, the property still maintains the original historic plantation house, called Grassmere or the Historic Croft Home.
Visitors to the zoo can tour this 19th-century historic house museum, its gardens and the associated Grassmere Historic Farm.
The zoo contains a number of exhibits including:
- Gibbon Island - Featuring Northern white-cheeked gibbons and siamangs.
- The Elephant Savanna - Featuring Masai giraffes, reticulated giraffes, African elephants and red river hogs.
- The Unseen New World - An indoor exhibit area featuring numerous reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and bats all native to the Americas.
- The Bamboo Trail - Featuring the red panda, clouded leopards, rhinoceros hornbill, cassowary, red ruffed lemur, and ring-tailed lemurs.
- Flamingo Lagoon - Featuring Caribbean flamingos.
The Jungle Gym is the largest community-built playground of its kind in the country, created in 1998. Thousands of volunteers worked together to build a vast array of slides, cargo netting, swings and climbing structures for children.
The zoo is active in numerous research and conservation activities including participating in a number of the programs in the Species Survival Plan which is managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
- After the completion of the Pantanal exhibit, the number of animals will double.
- "About the Zoo". nashvillezoo.org. Nashville Zoo. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "List of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- Carey, Bill (1 November 2001). "Nashville’s Ark: The city is finally committed to a world-class animal park". nashvillescene.com. City Press LLC. Retrieved 5 November 2010.