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We are so sorry to tell you that our gorilla family, including the babies, will be off public view on Monday, August 31, so we can do some very necessary work in their habitat to make it "baby proof" as these little ones get more active!  We apologize for any disappointment this may cause and appreciate your understanding.

Keeper Chats 2015!

Knoxville Zoo's animal staff and keepers want to share their knowledge with you. Check out our Keeper Chat 2015 Schedule to see when you can take part of a great Keeper Chat or even experience a training session up close!


Wee Play Adventure 
brought to you by Pilot Flying J 

Knoxville Zoo has a new experience designed to inspire preschool and elementary-aged visitors to take an imagination-fueled adventure! Located n the Pilot Flying J building, Wee Play Adventure involved extensive construction to create a jungle island that gives kids the chance to immerse themselves in an exotic expedition, just like real animal researchers in the field.

Visitors of all ages can get an intimate view of the zoo's female Komodo dragon, Khaleesi, in a new 1,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor habitat and zoo's juvenile make Komodo dragon, Drogo, in his new home where he has plenty of room to grow. Guests will also have the opportunity to see one of the best giant lizard habitats in the country. Wee Play adventure is the perfect place to encourage creative play and physical activity year-round!



Clayton Safari Splash - FREE with Paid Zoo Admission!

Open everyday, weather permitting.

At 5,000 square feet, it is the largest splash pad in Knoxville.  It includes play areas that will appeal to everyone from toddlers to teenagers, and there's even an area for the entire family to enjoy a little water fun.

In a stroke of design genius, the play area features two life sized "giraffes" that spout water when kids work together to direct the flow. We've got to confess, we think that's pretty cool.  It also has water hoops and loops, team sprays and colorful larger than life water flowers. 

And to really sweeten the pot, all of this fun is INCLUDED with your zoo admission - OR if you're a zoo member, it's included with your zoo membership - so you can play all summer long!

So put on that swimsuit and head to the coolest place in town to see some animals and have a SPLASH at Clayton Safari Splash!


Camel Rides

Kids and adults can hop on the back of a camel and enjoy riding these  "ships of the desert."

Open Daily from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00


Carousel Rides

Open daily, weather permitting.
$1 members
$2 non-members


Forest Amphitheater Show 

Sit down, relax, and experience beautiful birds (and some surprise guests too) from all around the world for free. These interesting creatures will help our trainers show you how they live, who makes a great pet, and who doesn't.  Some of our feathered friends may even fly only inches from your head! You may even meet Einstein, an African gray parrot with quite a vocabulary!

Show Schedule:

11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday. Weather permitting.
No Shows on Mondays.

Fall 2015 Show Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays only after Monday September 7 through Sunday, September 27, 2015. 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. each day, weather permitting.


Stroller Rentals:

Single - $8 per day
Double - $10 per day

Wheelchair Rentals:

$11 per day
$30 per day for an ECV* (electric scooter)
*not available during inclement weather

Food Services / Concessions:

Safari Grill offers full meals for the entire family
Additional concession stands and vending machines are located throughout the zoo (open seasonally)

Zoo Shop Hours:

9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. every day
Zoo Shop hours are extended during the spring and summer months.
Knoxville Zoo members receive a discount on most items every day at the Zoo Shop