Nashville Zoo’s New Andean Bear Exhibit Opens March 15th

Nashville Zoo will officially open its newest exhibit, Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear, with a ribbon cutting celebration Thursday, March 15, 2018.  The event will include a variety of animals and announcements from Nashville’s Zoo's President & CEO and Zoo board members.  Speakers for the event: Nashville Zoo Board Chair Julie W. Walker, and Nashville Zoo President and CEO Rick Schwartz.

The addition of Andean bears will mark the first time this species has ever been housed at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere in its entire 21-year history. The covered viewing building will feature materials from around the world including Peruvian textiles and decorative wood and tile work. The Andean bear exhibit is graciously funded by 12 significant donors. The ribbon cutting ceremony is sponsored by Middle Tennessee Honda Dealers. 

Our generous donors are as follows: Stephanie and John Ingram; The Frist Foundation; Dugas Family Foundation; Speer Foundation; Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation; Andrienne and Richard McRae III and the Selby and Richard McRae Foundation; Cynthia and David Arnholt; Barbara and Rick Turner, Jr.; Kim, Charles and Charlie Crews; Julie and Breck Walker; Kent, Nora and Emme Kirby; and Sally and Neely Coble III.

Nashville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. The Zoo is actively engaged in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the globe as well as in our own backyard. The Zoo attracts more than 980,000 visitors annually and is considered one of the top attractions in Nashville. Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information about Nashville Zoo, visit


Photo 1 -  Andean bear Luka. Photo Credit: Phoenix Zoo

Photo 2 - Andean bears Holt and Luka wrestling. Photo Credit: Kelsey White

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13 Mar 2018

By Becky Hardy