Zoo Announces Record Attendance, Carload Sale, and Plans for 2017
Nashville Zoo set a new annual attendance record in 2016 with 894,161 guest visiting. The new attendance figure represents a 10.6% increase from 2015 and a 7.2% increase from the last record set in 2014.
“We are thrilled to see so many folks choosing to spend their valuable free time at the Zoo”, says Nashville Zoo Chief Operating Officer Andy Tillman. “This coming year is our 20th anniversary at Grassmere and our guests can expect plenty of new offerings and exhibit openings.”
To kick off the 20th anniversary, the Zoo is offering a special carload admission price during the first two weekends of January (7, 8, 14, 15) as well as Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16). The Zoo will offer one $20 admission price for everyone arriving to the Zoo in one vehicle. This price includes parking and is limited to 10 people per carload. Each group purchasing the carload ticket must enter the Zoo at the same time and use the ticket on the day purchased.
“Many of our guests remember when we first opened at the Grassmere property just south of downtown,” says Tillman. “We’re now inviting everyone back out in January to see all of the changes, improvements and additions as well as a few exhibits we plan to open later this year.”
2017 will be an exceptional year for the Zoo with four exhibit openings planned: A white rhinoceros exhibit and a spider monkey exhibit opening in March, an Andean bear exhibit opening in May, and a tiger exhibit opening in July. Guests visiting in January can see the work being done at all four sites.
With less crowds and active animals, winter is a wonderful time to explore Nashville Zoo. Many of the animals have acclimated to Nashville’s climate, and some species are often more active during cooler months. Guests should expect to see animals that are normally out on exhibit during this time of year as well as all those on exhibit in the Unseen New World.About Nashville Zoo
Nashville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. The Zoo is actively engaged in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the globe as well as in our own backyard. Celebrating 20 years at Grassmere, the Zoo attracts more than 870,000 visitors annually and is considered one of the top attractions in Nashville. Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information about Nashville Zoo, visit www.nashvillezoo.org.