andean bear at the nashville zoo

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7.Nashville Zoo

Visiting the Nashville Zoo is a great way to spend the day with the family. If you haven’t been to the zoo in awhile, they have a new exhibit called Expedition Peru, which is a must-visit.

The new exhibit portrays an authentic Peruvian village and visitors will get an unobstructed view of two Andean bears. The exhibit contains interactive educational displays where guests can learn about a variety of South American animals and also boasts spectacular views of these bears no matter where they are in the exhibit.

Outside this facility, guests will have the opportunity to observe through side viewing areas and even watch a keeper train the bears up close.

The Peruivian village not only includes Andean bears, but is also the home of pudu (the world’s smallest deer), guinea pigs and fresh water stingrays.

Zoo Attractions:

  • The Nashville Zoo is home to 2,764 animals and 365 species
  • Jungle Gym – 66,000 square foot of fun for your kids to play on
  • Kangaroo Kickabout – gives guests the opportunity to enter the home of 18 red kangaroos and interact with them. Kangaroo Kickabout features 4,500 square feet of naturalistic Australian landscape. Guests can view the ‘roos from an outside area, or get a closer experience by walking a winding path through the middle of the habitat.
  • Shell Station – features up to 10 Sulcata tortoises that range in age from three to five years old. Guests enter the exhibit and can walk around with the tortoises and touch their shell.
  • Soaring Eagle Zip Line – Nashville Zoo’s newest experience takes riders on a tree-top trek to see giraffes, rhinos and more. Soaring Eagle is the newest design of zip line rides and the only zip line you ride BOTH ways and with a friend! Soaring Eagle lifts guests 110 ft high and several hundred yards back before releasing the seat for an exhilarating 28 mph ride back to earth.
  • Wilderness Express – climb aboard the Wilderness Express train and wave goodbye as you take a short journey into wooded territory and undeveloped terrain.The train ride, ideal for kids up to age 5, requires no tracks and chugs along a small circular path surrounded by trees and nature. It’s the perfect ride for the young and young at heart.

These are just a handful of things you can do at the Zoo. Learn more here.

The Zoo is open 9a-6p and is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville.

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