AnimealsThat’s How We Roll

July 20, 2017 - WARNING: Do not read this blog if you are: a person, hungry, if you like food, or all of the above. Why? Because Chef Yohn made a delectable dish made just for the subspecies of Homo sapiens known as Zoo Keepers. … More »

ConservationZoo Keeper Dennis Helps Save Tortoises in the Desert

July 18, 2017 - Bolson tortoises (Gopherus flavomarginatus), also known as the running tortoises, are the largest land reptile in the United States. These tortoises are approximately 26-33 pounds and have a lifespan of 80-100 years. They are herbivorous, primarily feeding on shrubs and … More »

Zoo Keeper ExperiencesNational Zoo Keeper Week

July 17, 2017 - Each year the third week in July is National Zoo Keeper Week! As the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats has increased, the Zoo Keeper’s role as educator and wildlife ambassador has become essential.     Zoo … More »

Tales of the Tails Animal StoriesPlays Well with Udders

July 14, 2017 - Earlier this week we not only celebrated Cow Appreciation Day, but the birthdays of Judy and Ruthie, our two Dexter cows. If you venture to the far corner of the ZooFarm, you can find these two lovely ladies basking in … More »

ConservationHornbill Conservation Program

July 11, 2017 - In 2016 the Virginia Zoo provided funding to the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation in their implementation of a national conservation program for Philippine hornbills. Hornbills are large, spectacular birds that play an essential seed-dispersal role in tropical rainforests, which make them … More »

Summer Safari Camp 201710 Reasons to Become a Summer Safari Camper

July 7, 2017 - The first session of the Summer Safari Camp is a wrap and the Virginia Zoo is gearing up for another awesome session starting up next week! First and second graders became Zoo Detectives and solved mysteries every day, all while having … More »

US National MammalCelebrating National Bison Month

July 5, 2017 - Every day in July is a great day to celebrate National Bison Month because: The North American bison is now our National Mammal! In May of 2016, Congress passed and President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act. With a rich history … More »

Baby AnimalsMeet Iggy – She’s So Fancy!

June 30, 2017 - More than 3,000 submissions poured in to help name the newest giraffe at the Virginia Zoo and by ZooKeeper vote, “Iggy” is her name! Members of the public submitted their favorite names at virginiazoo.org Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23, 2017.  “We … More »