Black Lives Matter

Zoo Knoxville is committed to being a safe, welcoming place for our community to marvel at the wonders of nature, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.  

The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and too many others have rallied our nation for change around the inequities Black and Brown people have experienced for so long.  Zoo Knoxville will be part of the solution. 

Zoo Knoxville stands in solidarity with our Black team members, visitors and partners.  We support the Black Community and all People of Color in the fight against systemic racism and injustice. 

Right now we are working on measurable actions to:

1.      Increase access to the zoo for families in our local Black communities
2.      Enhance development and recruiting to increase Black representation in our workforce
3.      Learn and train ourselves and our team members about racial injustice, intolerance and violence
4.      Continually improve as a diverse and inclusive community asset and workplace

 Zoo Knoxville commits to listening, learning, supporting and protecting human diversity as passionately as we do the diversity of our natural world.  It’s our differences that make a strong, vibrant, beautiful world.