Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is a zoological garden and historic plantation farmhouse located 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Downtown Nashville. As of 2014, the zoo was middle Tennessee’s top paid attraction and contained 6,230 individual animals, encompassing 339 species. The zoo’s site is approximately 188 acres in size. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
In 2019, the Nashville Zoo supported nearly 50 conservation programs. These efforts include coral rescue, combating wildlife trafficking, and preserving endangered or threatened species both locally and globally, including the hellbender, cheetah, loggerhead shrike, alligator snapping turtle, streamside salamander, oilbird, flamingo, and Nashville crayfish. It is located near the country music hall of fame as well.