When we first moved to Nashville and went to the Nashville Zoo I was severely disappointed. I am a California girl who grew up going to the San Diego Zoo. Can you say spoiled? In recent years things have gotten much better: more animals, being able to see some of the animals pretty close us.
When we were in Texas for Thanksgiving we went to the Abilene Zoo. That zoo makes Nashville look like the San Diego Zoo. We got there at 4:30 and were done by 5:00. But, what is lacks in size it makes up for in 2 areas. 1) you can buy crackers in the gift shop to feed the giraffes. Little Man laughed so hard when the giraffe licked his hand. And 2) the fish are obviously fed a whole lot because they just swarm when you throw even a small amount of food.