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Nashville Zoo announces Alpaca birth

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of an alpaca on Saturday, December 13th. The baby, a male named Bandit, is the first to be born at Nashville Zoo and can be seen at Critter Encounters.

“Based on the mother’s weight gain, we had predicted the baby would be born in spring, so his arrival on a December Saturday morning was quite a surprise,” said Kacie Cummings, Contact Area Supervisor. “We are thrilled that baby Bandit is healthy and on exhibit with the rest of our alpacas.”

Alpaca Calf born at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)
Alpaca Calf born at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

With the addition of the baby, the Zoo is home to five alpacas at Critter Encounters, the interactive area where guests can get up-close experiences with goats, camels, Galapagos tortoises and a variety of birds.

The baby weighs about 14 lbs. and stands about two feet tall. He should be on exhibit throughout winter.

Alpacas are domesticated animals native to South America and a part of the camelid family. They thrive in high elevations and their thick wool coat is used to keep them warm in their native mountainous environment.

Alpaca Calf with adults. (Kathleen Gregory)
Alpaca Calf with adults. (Kathleen Gregory)

About the Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. Attracting more than 800,000 visitors annually, the Zoo is considered one of the top things to do in Nashville.

The Zoo is a non-profit organization located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

For more information about Nashville Zoo, call 615.833.1534 or visit www.nashvillezoo.org


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