Nashville Zoo Receives Perfect Score By Charity Navigator

Nashville Zoo is proud to report that we have received a perfect score of 100 by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities. 

As a non-profit, conservation organization, Nashville Zoo is evaluated by a number of outside sources which assist donors in making informed giving decisions. Charity Navigator annually assesses more than 9,000 non-profits using an objective, numbers-based rating system.

No other zoo or aquarium has a 100 percent ranking and Nashville Zoo is also the only non-profit based in Middle Tennessee to receive a perfect score. Nationwide, less than one percent of evaluated non-profits can boast this achievement. 

“The exceptional charities (that received 100 percent) execute their missions in a fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities,” states Charity Navigator. “We applaud these charities for exceeding industry standards and outperforming other organizations performing similar work.”

As one of the top Zoos in the country, we understand that accountability and transparency are two important principles to which we must always adhere. A perfect score reassures both current and potential Zoo supporters that we are executing our mission to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership in a fiscally-responsible manner, while providing the highest level of accountability and transparency to our stakeholders.

The Zoo’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available here

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator,, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 9,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

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. The Zoo attracts more than 1,000,000 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