Topic: Rick Schwartz
Nashville, 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.”
Nashville, 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, TN – Nashville Zoo will temporarily close to the public starting tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18th, 2020). While there have been no known cases of COVID-19 (Cornoavirus) at the Zoo, the decision to close was made to further reduce the spread of the virus and protect our guests, staff, volunteers and the community.
“We recognize that the Zoo is a popular destination for those of us who want to get out of the house, experience a respite from our daily lives, and discover the wonders for our natural world,” said Rick Schwartz, President and CEO. “We look forward to opening again soon and welcoming everyone back to their Zoo.”
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Zoo is sending $30,000 to support Australia’s efforts to rescue and protect wildlife affected by devastating wildfires. Additionally, the Zoo is committing all funds from a guest donation program called “Round Up for Conservation.”
“We’re deeply saddened by what’s happening to the wildlife and habitats in Australia,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President and CEO. “We feel a moral obligation to help the ongoing efforts and encourage others to show their support as well.”
Nashville, TN – Nashville Zoo reports the loss of Margarita, a 14-year-old, female Masai giraffe, who died yesterday due to complications from arthritis. Nashville Zoo staff are mourning the loss.
“We are devastated to lose such a beautiful creature,” said Nashville Zoo President and CEO Rick Schwartz. “Margarita has been with us since we opened our Giraffe Savanna in 2006 and has birthed five calves as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan®. My heart goes out to our giraffe care team who have looked after Margarita and her calves for the past 13 years.”
Nashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce that the new exhibit, Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear, graciously funded by 12 significant donors, will open on Thursday, March 15th. The addition of Andean bears will mark the first time this species has ever been housed at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere in its entire 21-year history.
“We’re excited to introduce our Andean bears and a brand new, outstanding exhibit to Nashville,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President and CEO. “One of our goals is to build the absolute best habitats for our animals and this exhibit is arguably the finest in the country for this species. We want to thank the community and our members for their unwavering support and patience during this period of exponential growth.”
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Zoo will officially celebrate the opening of its newest exhibit, Southern White Rhino, with an exhibit dedication ceremony on August 2nd, 2017.
The event will include remarks from Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Nashville Zoo Board Chair Julie W. Walker, Grow Wild Campaign Chair Jennifer Frist and Nashville Zoo President Rick Schwartz.
The addition of Southern white rhinos marks the first rhinoceros species to be housed at Nashville Zoo. The four captive-born white rhinos came from a reserve in South Africa and are now roaming in the former elephant exhibit, African Savannah.
Nashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is proud to announce the introduction of Southern white rhinoceros to our animal family. Four young females are now roaming in the Zoo’s former elephant exhibit.
“This is the first time we are able to bring rhinos to Nashville,” said Zoo President Rick Schwartz. “We had to make several modifications to the former elephant habitat and barn in order to properly care for rhinos. The end result is exceptional and we can’t wait to show it to our guests.”
The four captive born white rhinos came from a reserve in South Africa and are slowly adjusting to the new sights, sounds, and smells that come with their new home here in Nashville.
Nashville, TN – See Nashville Zoo from a new perspective on Soaring Eagle, the Zoo’s newest zip line experience officially opening on Friday, March 18th. The two-seated thrill adventure takes riders on a tree-top trek to see giraffes, zebra, the downtown skyline and much more from 110 ft. in the air.
“Soaring Eagle is the latest design of zip line rides and unlike anything else in Nashville,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo president. “We are excited to offer a completely different component to the Zoo visiting experience.”
Nashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is beginning plans to relocate three, female elephants living at the Zoo to new homes. The move will enable the Zoo to create a barn that can support new elephant management requirements.
“We are planning to have elephants in the future of Nashville Zoo,” Zoo President Rick Schwartz said. “First, though, we need to relocate our elephants and begin making plans for a state-of-the-art facility for our African expansion. We place the highest priority on the well being of each animal in our care. Now is a good time to move the elephants while the weather is in our favor.”
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