EcochallengeLet’s Be Plastic Free

June 20, 2019 - In July 2018, 151 Virginia Zoo staff members and volunteers joined together to compete against 79 other zoological organizations to see who could be the most plastic-free. Known as Plastic Free July, this ecochallenge is a 31-day, global challenge to reduce … More »

Tales of the TailsKeep Calm and Carrion

June 13, 2019 - When you think of Mt. Everest, do you picture seeing anything more than snow on top of the tallest mountain in the world? We bet you wouldn’t anticipate seeing a large bird at the peak, but they have been sighted. … More »

New at the ZooThe Best Way to Nature Play

June 11, 2019 - Word around our neck of the woods is that a new outdoor play space is coming to Zoo grounds and it opens this Thursday night! The Zoo is unveiling its new Run Wild! Nature Discovery Zone, located directly across from … More »

Animal ArrivalsHey, Attention Hogs!

June 6, 2019 - The Virginia Zoo’s red river hog sounder, or group, is growing by two this summer. Mrembo and Tikiti, both females, joined the Zoo last month. The pair were born in April 2017 at the San Diego Safari Park and arrived … More »

ExhibitsWorld of Reptiles Turns One!

June 5, 2019 - Can you believe the World of Reptiles has been open for an entire year? Time flies when you get to spend your time with some of the world’s most exotic animals all under the same roof. In the last 365 … More »

Zoo To Do 2019Clues for Your Best Zoo To Do

May 29, 2019 - The Zoo’s most zooperior event of the year is here! To say we’re bright-eyed and bushy tailed is an understatement. You’ve answered the Call of the Wild, but now what? Whether you’re swinging in with your significant other, galloping in … More »

ConservationCreeping toward Survival

May 23, 2019 - It’s World Turtle Day! The Zoo has more than a dozen species of turtles and tortoises, from program animal ambassadors who live behind-the-scenes, to hatchlings that can be found in the World of Reptiles Nursery. The species that live at … More »

Baby AnimalsUp to Our Necks in Zoo Babies!

May 21, 2019 - The Virginia Zoo welcomed a female Masai giraffe calf on May 20, 2019. At birth, the calf weighed 141 pounds, and stands almost six feet tall. This is the sixth giraffe to be born to mom, Imara and seventh for … More »