Animal WellnessMeet the Patient: Mateo

December 11, 2017 - Name: Mateo Sex: Male Species: Prehensile-tailed porcupine Age: 2 yrs 11 mo old (born 12/5/14) Weight: 6 kg (13.2 lb) Reason for Visit: Episodes of inappetence, test for Gastrolithiasis Just like humans, animals can get sick for no apparent reason. … More »

CommunityThe Main Donates Towels

December 7, 2017 - Ever wonder what happens to used hotel towels? After a towel has fulfilled its purpose and reached the end of its life, it has to end up somewhere. In this instance, the Virginia Zoo makes great use of them. Recently, … More »

Tales of the TailsThey’ve Been Spotted

December 4, 2017 - You probably already know that a cheetah can run from 0-60 miles per hour in under three seconds, which is much faster than the average car, but let’s take a few moments to slow down and learn more interesting facts about … More »

Lion CubPawsitively Adorable Update

December 1, 2017 - Here’s the first of many cub updates to come! Listen and watch as Lead Africa Keeper Jennifer and Zoo vet Dr. Colleen examine and gush over our newest addition, a 4-week-old male lion cub born on October 28 to experienced … More »

ANIMAL BIRTHNo Lion, the Zoo has a New Cub

November 30, 2017 - The Virginia Zoo is thrilled to announce its latest birth of a lion cub. The male cub was born on October 28 to experienced mom Zola and dad Mramba. The cub weighed just three pounds five ounces at birth and … More »

ConservationZoo Keeper Chelsea Works with Tapirs

November 29, 2017 - Chelsea Swain is a Virginia Zoo Asia Zoo Keeper. She graduated from Christopher Newport University and then interned at The Wildlife Center of Virginia, as well as the Virginia Zoo. She has volunteered at the Virginia Aquarium on the Dive … More »

National Day of GivingGiving Zoosday

November 27, 2017 - Giving Tuesday, also known as Giving ZOOsday, is today, November 28th and the Virginia Zoo is proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. Every year we have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and … More »

For Your EducationWILDlife-friendly Holiday Tips

November 22, 2017 - Let’s face it. The holidays can get pretty wild. There’s tons of food, people, gifts, decorations and alcohol. With this time of year in focus, it’s easy to forget the consequences our holiday traditions have on animals, and not just our … More »