ClimatesNot All Plain and Simple

August 15, 2018 - Grasslands encompass more than 40 percent of the world’s land surface, reaching across six of the Earth’s seven continents. Grasslands, also called plains, prairies and savannas, are large areas of land covered mostly in grass, with sparse small shrub and … More »

AnimalsKeeping their Cool

August 8, 2018 - One of the most common questions the Zoo receives every year is “How do the animals cool off when it’s too hot outside?”. To answer that question, the animals have climate-controlled areas within their exhibits in which they can go … More »

ConservationWorking to be Plastic Free

August 6, 2018 - The Virginia Zoo has always been dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the earth, its flora and fauna. 2018 is the year the Zoo is taking its plans to cut out waste and began actually turning goals into tangible … More »

Bowling for RhinosStriking out Rhino Extinction

August 1, 2018 - Rhinos are massive and majestic, and without a doubt some of the most unique creatures on the planet. They are the second largest mammals in the world, second to elephants, and can weigh more than 3 tons! Although rhinos have … More »

Conservation Youth TeamC Y T-hese teens left the Virginia Zoo

July 26, 2018 - Every spring the Virginia Zoo searches through hundreds of applications from high schoolers who are looking to spend their summer at the Virginia Zoo. Instead of looking for a paycheck, these teens aim to volunteer their services to the Zoo, … More »

Tales of the TailsShould you be Wary of the Cassowary?

July 20, 2018 - To most people, cassowaries resemble the combination of a dinosaur, a turkey and an emu. Cassowaries have a black feathered body, a large helmet on their head known as a casque, a long bright red wattle hanging from their neck, … More »

National Zoo Keeper WeekKeeping up with the Keepers

July 18, 2018 - At the Virginia Zoo, visitors can learn an abundance of information about our animals through many mediums including signage, observation, educational programs and events, and by downloading our app. But there is also another way to get to know the … More »

AnimealsWhat’s for Dinner?

July 13, 2018 - We celebrate animal birthdays pretty often at the Virginia Zoo, and this week Chef Yohn got involved to create something tasty for the African lions to feast upon. Mramba turned 15 on July 8, and Zola will be turning 13 … More »