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A long-nosed, 125-pound aardvark arrived at the Nashville Zoo last weekend.

One-year-old Winsol is the first aardvark to come to the zoo, and is part of the Animal Ambassador program — which means he will soon be doing outreach events.

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Immunizing a clouded leopard. A physical for an armadillo. And an eye exam for a milk frog. That's Friday's lineup in the Nashville Zoo's newest attraction: an animal hospital.

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Many federal workers in Middle Tennessee are on track to miss their second paycheck as the government shutdown nearly completes a month. But with several local businesses offering a helping hand, some impacted families are finding moments of joy.

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What has long been kept behind the scenes is now an attraction at the Nashville Zoo. A 20,000-square-foot healthcare facility has been built with the purpose of letting visitors observe routine checkups and even animal surgeries.

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A growing movement to provide more nutritious food for animals has a home in Nashville Zoo's gardens.

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One of the universities closest to the center of totality will document how animals on campus will react to the sudden darkness of Monday's total solar eclipse.

Researchers from Austin Peay State University's agriculture department will record observations on university cattle, bees and crickets.

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On any given afternoon, the Nashville Zoo's lorikeet habitat is a symphony of chirps and squawks. The green, blue and red parrots zip around their enclosure, looking for visitors to perch on.

But on August 21st, at 1:27 p.m., bird keeper Ashley Gwaltney isn't quite sure what they'll sound like.

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On Thursday, April 6, the Nashville Zoo will introduce to the public two endangered Mexican spider monkeys: Poppy and Sandy. It will be the first time in four years the zoo has hosted monkeys. 

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Two African elephants who recently retired from the Nashville Zoo have died within days of each other at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald.

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The Nashville Zoo has retired all of its elephants, and it’s unclear when the city will get another herd.

The last of the four females left this month for The Elephant Sanctuary in Howenwald, and now they’re not coming back. A couple had been with the zoo since the mid-90s, when it was located in Joelton.