Mission: In fulfillment of our mission to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership, we hope to succeed in building a first class zoo for middle tennessee and to develop a facility that is recognized for excellence in animal care and global conservation with strong community value in mind. We strive to be the best at creating unique designs and innovative architecture and horticultural components to enhance exhibits for the benefit of the animals, our visitors and the zoological community.
Programs: The organization provides the general public with a zoo where it maintains animals and informs and educates the public about nature, animals and conservation. 2014 saw another great attendance year with 834,012 total visitors. Nashville zoo ranked in 2014 as one of the top paid attractions in middle tennessee and was also one of the most visited attractions in the state. Zoo membership also hit a high of 36,793 households which represents more than 156,000 people. Approximately 52,000 school children visited the zoo in 2014 as part of their education curriculum, of which 8,384 or 16% came from metro nashville title i schools. Approximately 50 teachers participated in our on-site teacher workshops benefiting over 1,250 elementary and middle school students in middle tennessee. All of this combined demonstrates the nashville zoo as both a top visitor destination and an important educational resource for the entire community.