Prepare for fall fun with Stevie the Chimp, Lincoln the Red Panda, and all your wildly fun favorites!
The Clayton Family Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) Campus is now open and ready for you! See rare, exotic faces like the Cuban croc, King Cobra, poisonous frogs, and a variety of different snakes—along with a sloth overhead!
Venomous gallery
Marshland boardwalk
AN Award-winning destination
Zoo Knoxville is named the top Children's Attraction and Children's Party Destination in Knoxville by CityView Magazine.
Wild Things to Do
There are wildly fun things to do at the zoo, and below are just a few. Explore more experiences here.

Asian Trek

Get close to tigers, red pandas, gibbons and more in our Tiger Temple and treehouse!

Grasslands africa

Take a safari with the kids and see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, baboons, zebras and lions.


Visit our Beastro, grill, or snack shops and get cool refreshments and warm meals.


Get ready for Boo! At the Zoo, Knoxville's favorite Halloween tradition!

With so much to do in Knoxville, creating the perfect day is easy. Make the zoo part of your plans!
Zoo Knoxville is one of the premiere zoological experiences in the southeast. Committed to sharing wildly fun experiences that educate and inspire, we feature acres of creative habitats for animal lovers of all ages.
It’s with great pride and immense gratitude for our community that Zoo Knoxville celebrates its 75th anniversary. Keeping wildlife safe from extinction, and advocating for the sustainable and ethical husbandry of their native habitats, has been an incredible journey that we hope to continue for 75 more years!
The past seven and a half decades have allowed us to grow with the community, and we have evolved into a wildlife center for conservation, education, and inspiration. Your unwavering support, from general admission tickets to annual memberships and donations, has been instrumental in shaping our success story. Our hope is to continue to inspire an entirely new generation of conservationists.

From the earliest days when families came to enjoy the wonders of the animal kingdom, to the present, where we stand as conservation leaders in 11 SAFE programs and founding member of one: North American Turtle; Radiated Tortoise (Founding Member); Monarch Butterfly; Red Wolf; Cuban Crocodile; African Lion; Chimpanzee; Gorilla; Giraffe; African Painted Dog and North American songbird. Your presence has been a driving force as we maintain a species survival plan for these and many others.

Your visits, smiles, questions, and willingness to join with us in safeguarding the future of our planet and the amazing creatures who live here have made this anniversary possible. Your visit makes a world of difference. Join us again as we embark on our next journey and leave a legacy of conservation for centuries to come, and thank you for making this possible!

Zoo Knoxville
The Wild Life goes behind the scenes of Zoo Knoxville's conservation mission to meet the animals we love and the people who care for them. Knoxville native, Brad Carpenter along with a cast of diverse friends and characters takes us on a journey into the wildest parts of East Tennessee.