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
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.
Even in a protected habitat, the meerkat's instinct of having "sentries" on duty is always present.
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.
Elephants playing next to the pond at the Zoo at Grassmere.
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.