THE ZOO SUUUUCKS!!!!! The Evansville Zoo - Mesker Park Zoo is on par with it, and that is not saying much. In its defense, it is a privately funded zoo that the government did not really assist, but it is not a good zoo compared to many others. So considering it's some peoples' labor of love, it is impressive. But I was expecting better from a city of Nashville's size. If you're going in expecting something similar to St. Louis Zoo, you'll be very disappointed. Go in expecting a modest zoo with a few cool sights, and you'll be fine. It's not in a great part of town either. Not one I'd feel good about walking around in at night, IMO. I went with my Girlfriend a few years ago, disappointment, then my sister went later on and said the same thing.