Some of the animals and sights at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere,
in the order a visitor to the zoo might see them. Note that some animals weren't on
exhibit due to the winter weather.

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Hyacinth Macaw These macaws are the first animal encountered as you enter the zoo.
Hyacinth Macaw Hyacinth Macaw
Hyacinth Macaw Hyacinth Macaw
Siberian Crane Siberian Cranes
Siberian Crane Siberian Cranes
Grassmere front view The zoo is on the grounds of an old house, Grassmere, that dates back to around 1810. The Italianate front porch was added about 1870. The house is open to the public as a house museum during the summer, and the land immediately around it is run as a historic farm, showing farm animals and equipment as it would have been circa 1900.
Grassmere front porch A closeup of the front porch of Grassmere.
Grassmere rear view The rear of the house, including the kitchen (small freestanding building, connected to the house via a walkway). Such detached kitchens were typical of 19th-century Southern houses, because cooking had to be done over a wood-burning or coal-burning stove, making the kitchen unpleasantly hot in the summer. Kitchens also caught fire readily, and having the kitchen be separate from the house made it easier to put the fire out before the entire house burned down.
barn cat This friendly cat presumably is the Rodent Control Officer for the livestock barn. He followed me around for several minutes once he found out that I liked cats.
barn cat Friendly barn cat.
colorful bush Colorful bush in the large kitchen garden behind Grassmere.
Old farm machinery Old farm machinery.
elephants Next comes a large compound, not fully completed, that simulates the African savannah. At present, the only animals in this compound are the three African elephants.
elephant More views of the elephants.
ornamental grasses ornamental grasses in the African savannah exhibit.
ornamental grasses Closeup of ornamental grasses.
Gibbon in tree MPEG of gibbon swinging in tree and hooting. (10.8 MB) These apes can be heard from more than a mile away.
meercat Meercat on sentry duty
meercat Meercat colony. The meercat area originally had grass planted in it, but they dug up all of the grass in a matter of two or three weeks.
meercats Another view of the meercats.
Geese (swans?) in a pond near the reptile house. Since there weren't any signs about these birds, they apparently are local birds that selected the pond on their own.
goose A closeup of one of the geese (swans?).
elands, zebras, ostriches Elands (a type of antelope), zebras, and ostriches. The elands are eating what appears to be someone's leftover Christmas tree.
Eland and two zebras
cheetah Cheetah
cheetah Cheetah
cheetah Cheetah
white tiger Bengal tiger (a black-and-white variety, rather than black-and-orange).
tiger Bengal tiger
hornbill Rhinoceros hornbill
clouded leopards Clouded leopards
clouded leopards Clouded leopards
red panda Red Panda
Schmidt's guenon Schmidt's Guenon. Note the long orange tail.
Cougar, playing with beach ball Cougar (also called mountain lion or puma), playing with a beach ball.
Cougar, playing with beach ball Another shot of the cougar playing with the beach ball.
Cougar in pond MPEG of cougar wading in small pond to retrieve the beach ball. 20.6 MB. Judging from its body language, the cougar didn't like getting wet any more than a domestic cat does, but its desire to play with the beach ball was stronger than its dislike of being wet.
golden eagle Golden eagle, eating a mouse.
Crowned Crane African Crowned Crane

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