Knoxville Zoo announces upgrades

Knoxville Zoo’s board of directors has approved a comprehensive strategic plan that will change the way visitors experience the zoo over the next five years. Knoxville Zoo will now begin development of a master plan to shape future animal habitats, guest amenities and immersive experiences that will dramatically transform the landscape of the zoo.

The first phase of the plan calls for updates to several of the zoo’s anchor habitats, including Malayan tigers and reptiles.

“The Knoxville Zoo is committed to being a place where families, especially children, and all guests come to learn and experience the world of animals and nature, as well as being a place where those animals are provided exceptional care,” said Lisa New, Knoxville Zoo Executive Director. “After almost a year of intense scrutiny and planning, we’re excited to unveil the new direction and believe that it will have a lasting impact for our community.”


Artist rendering by Mike Kowalski of the new proposed Tiger Forest exhibit for the Knoxville Zoo. Fundraising plans and additional information about individual exhibit changes and upgrades will be announced as the next steps are finalized.