the nashville zoo set a new record for attendance in 2016, up 10.6% from 2015. 894,161 visited our furry friends last year, up from the last record set in 2014 by 7.2%. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the nashville zoo at grassmere. to celebrate the 20th anniversary, the zoo is offering a special carload price for the first two weekends in january: for $20 per car, everyone in the car gets admission to the zoo and the price includes parking (limited to 10 per car…no clown cars). the dates for the 20th anniversary carload price are january 7 & 8 and january, 14, 15 and martin luther king’s day on the 16th.
the zoo’s birthday year will also see four new additions: a white rhinoceros exhibit and a spider monkey exhibit both open in march, a bear exhibit in may and a tiger exhibit in july.
the zoo will also host its annual “zoo run run 5k” this month on saturday, january 21. to sign up, click here. all the proceeds go to zoo operations, including education programs for children, feeding over 2,300 animals and keeping our zoo safe and clean for visitors.