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Education AnimalsZooLive! Stage is Open!

June 13, 2016

With the grand opening of the Animal Wellness Campus comes the opening of the brand new ZooLive! stage. Here, Zoo guests can enjoy an interactive and educational show featuring animal ambassadors such as snakes, rabbits, owls, and so much more. The ZooLive! stage has shows daily at 11am and on the weekends at 11am and 1pm.

Learn about the animals featured in this video below and make sure to catch a presentation this summer to learn even  more!

 

Ethyl

  • Leopard tortoise
  • Species is found in the plains and grasslands of Africa
  • Has been at the Virginia Zoo since 2001, age unknown
  • Weighs approximately 25 pounds
  • Can sometimes be seen out on a walk around the zoo with education staff, grazing on grasses and wild onions

Dimitri

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  • Prehensile tail porcupine
  • Species is found in the old growth forests of South America
  • Born July 20th 2015 at the Virginia Zoo
  • Shows off his prehensile tail during shows by climbing around his tree. Will occasionally pose for photos with guests.

Magnum

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  • Common Boa
  • Species is found on the edges of the rainforests of South America
  • Has been at Virginia Zoo since 2007, age unknown
  • Can grow to be 12 feet long, Magnum is approximately 6.5 feet long

Flanders

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  • Flemish giant rabbit
  • Originated in Flanders, Belgium. Is a domestic breed of rabbit
  • Born October 1, 2012
  • Weighs around 10 pounds but these rabbits can weigh up to 20 pounds
  • Is a guest favorite at birthday parties and snoozes and now makes appearances hopping around stage.

Beatrice

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  • Buff orpington chicken
  • Breed was first introduced in the town of Orpington in England in the 1800s
  • These chickens are known for their calm, friendly behavior and have become popular show chickens
  • Beatrice is trained to follow her trainer around stage, step up onto an arm for guests to see her and is learning more behaviors for stage shows!

Olivia

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  • Screaming Hairy Armadillo
  • Species is found in sloping burrows and sand dunes of South America
  • Born August 18, 2014 at Virginia Zoo
  • Has been trained to target or touch her nose to a target pole (ping pong ball on stick) she is learning new behaviors for stage shows.

Fiona

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  • Virginia Opossum
  • Only marsupial found in the United States
  • Fiona was orphaned with her brother Seamus. Both were hand reared by vet staff and became education ambassador animals
  • Estimated birthday is April 15, 2015
  • Virginia opossums are important seed dispersers and help to clean up their habitat by eating pretty much anything. This makes them a useful part of the ecosystem and food chain. They are one of natures “garbage men”