The Knoxville Zoo has eight main exhibits, including Nature Play, The Boyd Family Red Panda Village, Black Bear Falls and Chimp Ridge. Other exhibits include The Clayton Family Kids Cove, Grasslands Africa, Meerkat Lookout and Stokely African Elephant Preserve, as of 2015.
The Nature Play exhibit is essentially a play area with tipis, tunnels and rope swings. The zoo staff also introduces animals to children in the area and offers Zoo Choo train rides through the Nature Play area. The Boyd Family Red Panda Village offers two outdoor and one indoor viewing area for viewing the zoo’s red pandas. The indoor area also serves as a nursery for new panda cubs.
Black Bear Falls sits on 3/4 of an acre and provides an open air opportunity for observing three black bears. The zoo recreated the area to look like the Great Smoky Mountains. Visitors walk through a log tunnel to the visit the exhibit. Chimp Ridge is home to the zoo’s seven chimpanzees and offers an interactive sound wall, chimp nest play area and indoor and outdoor viewing areas.
Kids Cove offers several play areas for children, including a merry-go-round, slide, and sandcastle. Children can dress as zookeepers and farmers and learn to milk a cow while interacting with zoo animals. Meerkat Lookout offers a daily close-encounter program for up-close viewing of the zoo’s meerkats.
Grasslands Africa and the Stokely Elephant Preserve both give zoo visitors a chance to view elephants. Grasslands Africa is also home to a giraffe, ostrich, zebra, weaverbirds and gazelle.