A Zoo LossSaying Goodbye to Alfred

January 20, 2017 - (Norfolk, VA) – The Virginia Zoo staff is mourning the loss of its admired and beloved White rhino Alfred. The 48-year-old rhino died on January 19 in his indoor stall surrounded by Veterinary and Animal Care staff. “Alfred’s quality of … More »

Zoo Diet KitchenAnimeals for the Tigers and Siamangs

January 17, 2017 - Virginia Zoo Chef Yohn’s job is to slice, dice, peel, chop, cook, mash and prepare the meals of all of the animals at the Zoo, but why stop there? The animals receive enrichment to stimulate their senses and behaviors, and … More »

Zoo TechnologyThe New Virginia Zoo Mobile App is Out Now!

January 11, 2017 - On Wednesday, January 11, 2016 the Virginia Zoo released its new mobile app for both iOS and Android users to download and enjoy at no cost! As you open the app, be sure to watch a short video that captures the unique … More »

Animal AwarenessSave the Eagle Day

January 10, 2017 - On January 10 of every year, the United States celebrates its national symbol, the Bald Eagle, by raising awareness about the majestic bird and the threats it faces on Save the Eagle Day! It turns out, the American Bald Eagle is … More »

Animal BirthdaysHappy 1st Birthday Tiger Cubs!

January 6, 2017 - Happy 1st Birthday to Stubbley and Osceola! It’s been a amazing year watching our very own Malayan tiger cubs grow up in front of our eyes. From the thrilling day(s) they were born, to their first exam, to their first … More »

Zoolidays: National Bird DayHappy National Bird Day

January 5, 2017 - Every year on January 5 is National Bird Day. This animal holiday celebrates more than 9,800 species of birds that exist around the world, their impact on the environment, as well as their physical and behavioral beauty. Sadly, more than … More »

Exhibit AdditionsWe Have a New Bongo!

January 3, 2017 - Just in time for the holidays, the Virginia Zoo received a new Eastern bongo to add to the herd! The two-year-old male, named Bob, came from the Atlanta Zoo. Immediately after his arrival, Bob was placed in quarantine at the Animal … More »

Elf on the ShelfRoary’s Adventures

December 31, 2016 - Roary pulled double duty this year as the Zoo’s elf making sure staff AND animals were all behaving for Santa! He got himself into a little mischief but he made it all around the Zoo just in time to tell Santa … More »