When Child #3 turned 3 recently we let her pick what she wanted to do for her birthday. She said she wanted to go to the zoo.
The Nashville Zoo – Nahsville, TN
The Nashville Zoo is in the middle of a concrete jungle (Nashville) but once you drive in it’s like a little oasis.
All my kids were excited to check out the Zoo but look how happy the birthday girl on the right is!
We rented one of the double strollers for the day, we had the 3 year old in it and switched out the older two and I carried the baby in my Ergo Carrier.
The Zoo had their Halloween décor out at the time we visited (begining of Oct).
There was also a wedding going on that day.
The first animals we saw were the Meerkats.
They had a tunnel for kids to crawl through and pop up in the middle of the exhibit and view them up close.
These little critters were so funny and dramatic
They have a great jungle gym to let kids run and get their energy out!
Heading to each exhibit you could find that animal’s footprints on the sidewalk.
The birthday girl was so excited to see the elephants; they had a great exhibit for them with a beautiful pool and multiple areas to view them from
Then we followed the next set of tracks… And saw the giraffes, we even got treated to a baby giraffe only about a month old!
Then we stopped at the zoo café for lunch. I loved that all their food was local!
Then we stopped in to see the fish and reptile exhibit, let me stop and shudder right there. I dislike most reptiles but I can’t STAND snakes like won’t even stand in the same room as their cages.
So when we hit that part I let hubby take over and let the kids look so I could walk up a ways and wait for them.
There were even some animals listed as under vet care.
Then we headed to the petting zoo. I was worried the birthday girl would freak out about the goats roaming right up to her but she LOVED IT!
They found some brushes and were able to pet the goats too. They had a blast chasing down every goat to make sure it was brushed.
On a side note you could tell we were in Jack Daniel’s country….
Then I felt some tugging at my skirt…. Some goat was trying to eat it! Got a good laugh from the hubby on that one! Then my son was eyeing that goat up to make sure it left us alone
We then got to see some flamingos and my kids tried to stand like them… unsuccessfully.
We then got to see several animals including a hog, cougar and a monkey all that where trying to hide we caught glimpses but nothing you can see in a picture!
From there we got to cross a beautiful koi pond.
Then we headed to mommy’s favorite exhibit ( I LOVE white tigers), the tigers and saw this sign.
Hubby had to make mention to the tiger episode of Malcolm in the Middle and that’s all I could think about! But I wasn’t disappointed I got to see my white tigers!
Hubby was upset the bear section was under construction and there were no bears, that is his favorite animal to see. I told him we could move to the Smoky Mountains and he could have one in his back yard. He didn’t like my joke very much, haha!
Next we saw some Zebras.
Then came one of my favorite memories from the zoo! The Kangaroos!
The kids got to kneel right by sleeping kangaroos! (You can also see here the little traitor baby who only wanted daddy after lunch!)
In the exhibit you stayed on the path and let the kangaroos come to you
Then we got to see a sleeping baby kangaroo right up close!
And the birthday girl sweet talked daddy in to a new toy, the promptly passed out as we got in the car! Too much excitement.
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