The Virginia Zoo’s Animal Wellness Campus is a comprehensive, state-of- the-art medical and diet facility that serves the more than 500 animals that call the Zoo their home. A one-of- a-kind learning experience for adults and children, the Campus educates visitors about good nutrition, exercise, proper hygiene and animal wellness. The building structure is composed of 100% recycled materials, the outer panels are recycled plastic and wood resin. Skylights throughout the facility reduce electrical needs, allowing natural sunrise and sunset cycles for hospital guests.
The 8,000 square-foot facility is equipped with animal holding facilities, a surgery suite, lab, intensive care unit and pharmacy. The vet staff, equipped with headset microphones, will have the ability to describe live animal medical and lab procedures.
This 2,500-square- foot kitchen is where the Zookeepers will prepare special diets and enrichment items for Zoo animals, often incorporating the yield from the gardens and fruit trees into the menu.
Enrichment encourages species-specific behavior and improves animal welfare. This playground consists of five enrichment items, identical to to what zoo animals receive. The “mulch” in the Enrichment Playground is made from recycled tires. Come play like an animal!