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article imagePhoto Essay: Visiting the animals of The Zoo at Grassmere Special

Nashville - In Nashville, one of the most popular destinations for tourists and locals alike is the Zoo at Grassmere, which features a wide array of beautiful and interesting creatures.
Nashville's Zoo at Grassmere features animals from around the world, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and even fish. It is this diversity that has helped the zoo grow in popularity. For the last three years, Grassmere has exceed attendance records, drawing 648,034 visitors in 2011. I typically will visit the zoo several times a year, normally during the spring and fall when the weather is not less humid.
The giraffe exhibit is one of the featured exhibits, as well as one of the most popular. Whether you are visiting during the Spring, Summer or Fall, the giraffes always seem to be active and ready to greet guests.
One of the Giraffes at Nashville s Zoo at Grassmere
One of the Giraffes at Nashville's Zoo at Grassmere
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One of the Giraffes at Nashville s Zoo at Grassmere
One of the Giraffes at Nashville's Zoo at Grassmere
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One of the Giraffes at Nashville s Zoo at Grassmere
One of the Giraffes at Nashville's Zoo at Grassmere
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The meerkat exhibit is also very popular. These tiny, comical creatures always seem to draw a crowd. The younger meerkats almost always have a game of chase going, followed by a wrestling match or two. It is not all fun and games however. Visitors will typically see at least two meerkats on "sentry duty", keeping and eye on the sky and landscape, ready to warn of any approaching predators.
After a long game of chase  this little meerkat decided to stretch out and relax.
After a long game of chase, this little meerkat decided to stretch out and relax.
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At times it appears as if the meerkats enjoy watching the zoo visitors as much as the visitors enjoy...
At times it appears as if the meerkats enjoy watching the zoo visitors as much as the visitors enjoy watching them.
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Even in a protected habitat  the meerkat s instinct of having  sentries  on duty is always present.
Even in a protected habitat, the meerkat's instinct of having "sentries" on duty is always present.
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One of my personal favorites are the African Elephants. These majestic creatures are beautiful to see, and fun to watch. During the summer months, it is not uncommon to catch them in a game of "super soaker". One or more of the elephants will draw water from the pond into their trunk, aim at another, usually unsuspecting, elephant, and shoot water out of the trunk in the direction of their intended target.
The elephants at the Zoo at Grassmere.
The elephants at the Zoo at Grassmere.
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The elephants at the Zoo at Grassmere.
The elephants at the Zoo at Grassmere.
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Elephants playing next to the pond at the Zoo at Grassmere.
Elephants playing next to the pond at the Zoo at Grassmere.
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The Unseen World habitat is home to most of the the Reptiles and Amphibians. However, the American Alligator exhibit has a home of their own, and is usually one of the favorite destinations for children.
American Alligator
American Alligator
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American Alligator
American Alligator
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There are many other animals at The Zoo at Grassmere for visitors to enjoy.
Caribbean Flamingo at Flamingo Lagoon at the Zoo at Grassmere.
Caribbean Flamingo at Flamingo Lagoon at the Zoo at Grassmere.
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Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
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Hyacinth Macaw
Hyacinth Macaw
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Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger
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Rhinoceros Iguana
Rhinoceros Iguana
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The zoo also features a jungle gym, carousel and the Zoo Express train.
The carousel at the Zoo at Grassmere in Nashville  TN
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The carousel at the Zoo at Grassmere in Nashville, TN
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With 58 different species of animals on exhibit, visitors are sure to enjoy their experience at Nashville's Zoo at Grassmere.
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