The Knoxville Zoo is the premier zoo in the Southeast They offer journeys to Africa, birthday parties, and many opportunities for education about the animals they have habitats for. This is the perfect place for animal lovers to come and explore. You can also support the zoo in many ways to help the animals as well.

Knoxville Zoo Activities

Giraffe Encounter Knoxville Zoo

The Knoxville Zoo offers tons of activities for kids of all ages. Check out the list of them below. Also, the Zoo holds different events throughout the year and view their calendar:

  • Animal Encounters – Learn about the animals in 30-minute sessions taught my professionals
  • Bedtime with the Beasts – Overnight adventure tours
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours – Find out what professionals do to keep the animals healthy
  • Butterfly Programs – Bug science adventure through the park
  • Camel Rides – $6 per ride
  • Fuzzy-Go-Round Carousel – $3 per ride
  • Navitat Zipline Canopy Adventures – Adult tickets are $54 and child tickets are $39
  • Night Safaris – After hours tour of the Zoo
  • Pilot Flying Play Area – Kids play area
  • The Bird Show – Trainers introduce you to birds from around the world
  • The Clayton Safari Splash – 5,000 square feet of safari-themed water play area
  • The Williams Family Giraffe Encounter – $5 per feeder
  • Zoo Camp – for kids 4-13 years old
  • Zoo Choo Train – $3 per ride
  • ZooMobile – on the road animal educators

Knoxville Zoo Habitats

Knoxville Zoo Habitats

Different animals require different habitats to keep them happy and healthy. At the Knoxville Zoo you will see 12 habitats for different types of animals. Check them out below:

  • Black Bear Falls
  • Boyd Family Asian Trek
  • Central American Birds
  • Chimp Ridge
  • Clayton Family Kids Cove
  • Gorilla Valley
  • Grasslands Africa
  • Reptiles
  • River Otter Habitat
  • The Boyd Family Red Panda Village
  • Tiger Forest
  • Valley of the Kings

Knoxville Zoo Animals

Gorilla Knoxville Zoo

In those habitats there are many different animals that co-exist that you will see and can learn about at the Knoxville Zoo. Check out the list of animals below:

  • African Elephants
  • African Lions
  • Aldabra Giant Tortoise
  • Bali Mynah
  • Chacoan Peccaries
  • Chimpanzees
  • Crested Screamers
  • European White Stork
  • Giraffes
  • Ground Hornbills
  • Guinea Hogs
  • Hamadryas Baboons
  • Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras
  • Malayan Tiger
  • Narragansett Turkeys
  • North American Beavers
  • North American River Otter
  • North American Black Bears
  • Ploughshare Tortoise
  • Radiated Tortoise
  • Red Pandas
  • Red Wolf
  • Silvered Leaf Langurs
  • South African Penguins
  • Southern White Rhinos
  • Western Lowland Gorillas
  • White-Handed Gibbon
  • White-Naped Cranes
  • Yellow-Backed Duiker

Knowxville Zoo Information

Admission Price

Adults: $19.95
Children (ages 4-12): $16.95
Children (under 4): Free
Seniors (ages 65+): $16.95

Annual Pass

Adults: $47
Children: $21
Seniors (ages 65+): $36
Family (Up to 2 Adults + 4 Children): $140

If you are an annual passholder for the Knoxville Zoo, you will have access to tons of discounts inside and outside the Zoo as well as exclusive private previews and events.


The Knoxville Zoo hours are 9am-5pm but entering the property ends at 4pm.


Parking is available in the zoo’s upper and lower lots for $5 per car. Parking is free for annual passholders.

Support the Knoxville Zoo

You can show your support for the animals at the Knoxville Zoo by volunteering and donating. You can also adopt an animal with packages ranges from $25-$500. They also offer a program called Circle of Friends which includes many unique donor privileges when they join the group.

Where to Stay

Condo World Cabins

After you have toured the Knoxville Zoo, come back to a cabin in the Smokies to relax. Whether you want to stay in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, you will be close by to the Knoxville Zoo and everything they have to offer. Book your cozy cabin now!