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Animals and Attractions

Williams Family Giraffe Encounter 

Now you can feed the tallest animal in the world at the Williams Family Giraffe Encounter.  A new experience for our zoo guests, the opportunity to feed a giraffe (or at least say hello at eye-level) is now open.  Beginning at 10:30 a.m. each day, guests can opt to feed the giraffe a tempting treat.  Giraffe snacks are available for purchase for $5 and are available as long as that day's allotment of food is available.

Schedules are subject to change as the giraffe will dictate any modifications to the feeding and viewing schedule as we acclimate the giraffe to interacting with guests.  Knoxville Zoo is home to three giraffe; male Jumbe, (prounounced JOOM-bay), and females Patches and Lucille.

The Clayton Family Kids Cove Has Gone Troppo!

Visit Budgie Landing!

Gone Troppo you say?  It means “gone wild” in Aussie and we’re celebrating a wild new experience in Kids Cove this season.  It’s fun on a stick with budgies at Budgie Landing!  These brightly colored Australian birds are new to Knoxville Zoo and are on exhibit now in the Kids Cove Aviary.  

So grab your anklebiters and get your wriggle on and come visit Budgie Landing mates!  Click here for more information.




Once upon a time, there lived a little dragon.... 

Fire breathing, no. Magical yes! The first-ever Komodo dragon to call Knoxville Zoo home has caused quite the komodotion!

Khaleesi, a Komodo dragon, relocated from Zoo Atlanta to Knoxville. Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world, and while she currently weighs in at around eight pounds and measures approximately four feet in length, she can easily grow to 80 pounds and 8 feet in length when she matures. Komodo dragons are well-known for their ability to take down large prey such as deer and pigs due to the virulent strains of bacteria in their saliva, which infects their prey when bitten. These strains of bacteria are more than likely the result of feeding regularly on carrion in their native habitats, and Komodo dragons who reside in zoos do not have this characteristic. Herpetologists have also recently begun to suspect that they possess a very primitive venom delivery system.

Komodo dragons are vulnerable in their native range, with only an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 individuals remaining on the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Gili Dasmi in the Indonesian archipelago in Southeast Asia.

Come visit with Khaleesi soon and watch our Komodo grow!