Animal StoriesTales of the Tails – It’s Binturong and oh so right!

February 22, 2017 - It’s a bear. No, it’s a primate. Or maybe it’s a cat. Actually, it’s neither one of those animals. It’s a binturong! Also known as bearcats for their resemblance to the two animals, binturongs are actually not related to bears or … More »

ConservationPartnering for Pangolin Conservation

February 17, 2017 - In the days leading up to World Pangolin Day, which is celebrated on February 18, we wanted to share an exciting, new conservation partnership that the Virginia Zoo started in 2016 with Dr. Ray Jansen and the African Pangolin Working Group (APWG). … More »

Zoo Diet KitchenValentine’s Day Animeals

February 14, 2017 - Love is in the air at the Virginia Zoo! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Chef Yohn prepared a tasty, yet nutritious meal for a whole family of Yellow-backed duikers and two literal “love” birds – the ostriches. The best part … More »

Animal WellnessInternational Hoof Care Month

February 6, 2017 - Just as people trim their fingernails and toenails, and some species of cats shed their dull or broken claws, animals with hooves on their feet need to be taken care of as well. That’s why February is International Hoof Care Month! … More »

Mramba, king of the Virginia Zoo (Virginia Zoo photo by Cedrick Garrett).

Animal StoriesTales of the Tails – Lion Around the Zoo

January 30, 2017 - The lion is Africa’s big cat. With their majestic manes, charismatic roars and complex social structures, these striking creatures are unique and well-distinguished in the animal kingdom. The African lion, Panthera leo, is one of the world’s most recognized animals. These lions can … More »

Education DayAustralia Day

January 26, 2017 - Happy Australia Day, mates! Heralded as one of the most distinctive places on earth, Australia is not only a massive island and its own country, but it is also the only country in the world that is also a continent! Australia’s more … More »

Red PandaVirginia Zoo Red Panda is Missing from Habitat

January 24, 2017 - 12pm friday 2/3 It has been 10 days since Sunny, our Red panda, was discovered missing from her exhibit here at the Virginia Zoo. Our search for Sunny is not over. Our staff and volunteers will continue to work daily … More »

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 »