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Nashville Zoo announces birth of Three Caracal Kittens

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is happy to announce the birth of three caracal kittens on April 11th, 2021. The two males and one female were born to Marula (mother) and Baobab (father), one of two pairs of caracals living in a behind-the-scenes area of the Zoo.

The kittens are being hand-reared by the Zoo’s veterinary and carnivore teams for eventual close-up experiences with zoo visitors. Guests can see the newborns at the HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Feeding will be at 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Nashville Zoo's Caracal Kittens. (Kate Johns)

Nashville Zoo’s Caracal Kittens. (Kate Johns)

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Nashville Zoo will hold Teddy Bear Clinic April 10th-11th

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo’s Veterinary Department is reminding all children that their favorite stuffed animal is due for its check-up during the annual Teddy Bear Clinic presented by Middle Tennessee Honda Dealers. Appointments are now being accepted for April 10th and 11th at the HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center at Nashville Zoo.

The annual event has been updated to provide a safe, one-way, walk-through experience. Kids will enjoy stuffed animal veterinary examinations where their favorite, fluffy friend will receive a certificate of Beary Good Health, fun crafts, and a touch-free photo booth.

Nashville Zoo's Teddy Bear Clinic. (Nathan Zucker)

Nashville Zoo’s Teddy Bear Clinic. (Nathan Zucker)

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Nashville Zoo’s Spring Flamingle event set for April 8th

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is inviting guests to shake their tailfeathers and kick-off spring with an adults-only gathering on April 8th, 2021 from 7:30pm-10:00pm. With health and safety precautions in place, Spring Flamingle will offer drink samples, live music, local food trucks, up-close animal encounters, and more.

Admission to Spring Flamingle will be limited. Guests will enter the event at two different times and follow a one-way path to help with social distancing. Drink samples from 15 suppliers will be offered and food trucks, as well as other dining options, will be available for purchase. Several animal habitats will be open for viewing and guests will have a chance to see some animals up-close on the Zoo’s pathways.

Nashville Zoo's Spring Flamingle. (Kate Johns)

Nashville Zoo’s Spring Flamingle. (Kate Johns)

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Male Sumatran Tiger visits Nashville Zoo to meet Female Tiger

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – There’s a new tiger in town and guests visiting Nashville Zoo. Felix, a 3-year-old, 236-pound male Sumatran tiger was brought to Nashville to meet the Zoo’s female Sumatran tiger, Francis.

“Nashville Zoo has been selected by the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) to be a breeding location for this critically endangered species,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo’s President, and CEO. “He’s a beautiful animal and we are thrilled to introduce him to Nashville and give guests an opportunity to see him and learn all about his importance in tiger conservation.”

Male Sumatran tiger, Felix. (Nashville Zoo)

Male Sumatran tiger, Felix. (Nashville Zoo)

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Nashville Zoo offers Free Admission with Food Donation

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – The Nashville Zoo is partnering with the Community Resource Center to launch the first Souper Bowl Food Drive, a seven-day event to collect shelf-stable food for our community in need.

Beginning on Super Bowl Sunday (February 7th), Nashville Zoo is asking for donations of shelf-stable food. In return, the Zoo will offer a complimentary admission ticket for every four donated items with a limit of two tickets per donation.

Guests must be present to receive complimentary admission tickets which can be used anytime through the end of 2021.

Free Nashville Zoo Admission with Donation of Food. (Nashville Zoo)

Free Nashville Zoo Admission with Donation of Food. (Nashville Zoo)

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Donation allows Nashville Zoo to elevate Animal Care

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Through a generous donation from Tenvision Ultrasound, Nashville Zoo’s Veterinary Team received a new General Electric ultrasound to replace a 12-year old model currently in use. The new device significantly advances the Zoo’s ability to diagnose and treat its growing collection.

“Like any other technology, medical equipment can quickly become outdated,” said Dr. Heather Schwartz, Nashville Zoo’s Veterinary Services. “This new ultrasound has some great new features that we did not have before, and we are so thankful to Tenvision for elevating us to new levels of care.”

Nashville Zoo's new General Electric ultrasound. (Nashville Zoo)

Nashville Zoo’s new General Electric ultrasound. (Nashville Zoo)

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Nashville Zoo’s Zoo Run Run goes Virtual

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo’s annual Zoo Run Run is now taking place much closer to home. Thanks to the pandemic, the Zoo’s popular 5K event will be taking place, virtually, on the streets, sidewalks, and pathways of Nashville.

All contestants are asked to complete the run on their own between January 31st and February 6th. Proceeds from the Zoo Run Run will help fund the Zoo’s mission and ongoing efforts in environmental conservation and education.

All 5K participants will receive a Zoo Run Run 2021 long-sleeve t-shirt, digital bib, and finisher’s certificate. The Zoo is also offering a one-mile fun run with participants receiving a finisher’s certificate.

Nashville Zoo's annual Zoo Run Run to take place virtually.

Nashville Zoo’s annual Zoo Run Run to take place virtually.

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Nashville Zoo Mourns Unexpected Loss of a Newborn Giraffe

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – The baby giraffe, so anxiously awaited by people around the world, died shortly after birth today after being stepped on by her mother. Nashville Zoo’s pregnant giraffe,

Nasha, went into labor under the watchful eyes of thousands of people tuning in through an online live feed of the event. Shortly into labor, complications developed.

Nasha was not progressing appropriately with her delivery and medical intervention was required. With the help of Dr. Matthew DeLisle from Tennessee Equine Hospital, the Zoo’s veterinary team was able to successfully deliver the calf.

Newborn Giraffe

Newborn Giraffe

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Corpse Flower at Nashville Zoo is about to Bloom

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Something stinky is about to bloom at Nashville Zoo and, if they hurry, a few lucky guests will have a chance to see and smell this rare occurrence.

Inside the Zoo’s Aviary located in the Unseen New World, Amorphophallus titanum, more commonly known as a corpse flower is about to bloom.

The corpse flower is considered to be one of the largest flowers in the world growing to more than ten feet in height. The seasonal plant consists of a single leaf that grows to the size of a small tree.

Corpse Flower at Nashville Zoo

Corpse Flower at Nashville Zoo

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Nashville Zoo gets Back-to-Back Exhibit Awards

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is proud to announce that our Tiger Crossroads exhibit has received Top Honors for the Exhibit Design Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

This award was also given to the Zoo in 2019 for our Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear exhibit. Winning top honors in exhibit design for two years in a row has taken place only two other times in AZA history.

The first in 1976 and 1977 at the Saint Louis Zoo. The second was 33 years ago in 1986 and 1987 at the Bronx Zoo. The Exhibit Design Award is the highest accomplishment for exhibit design given by the AZA.

Nashville Zoo's Tiger Crossroads. (Byron Jorjorian)

Nashville Zoo’s Tiger Crossroads. (Byron Jorjorian)

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