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Tales of the TailsThey’re the G.O.A.T.

August 21, 2019 - If you follow us on social media, specifically Instagram, you’ll know that we’ve spiced up Tuesdays by introducing you to a different member of the Zoo’s troop of Nigerian dwarf goats every week. While our Zoo Fans seem to enjoy … More »

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Animal ArrivalsThrice the Cuteness

August 19, 2019 - The Virginia Zoo welcomed three red panda cubs to mom, three-year-old Masu and dad, four-year-old Timur. The cubs, two males and one female, were born off-exhibit at the Zoo’s Animal Wellness Campus on June 18. Red panda cubs weigh approximately … More »

AnimealsYou Jelly?

August 15, 2019 - When it comes to animal diets, choosing the right nutrients can be tricky. At the Virginia Zoo, we mimic each species’ natural diet as best as possible, supplementing various ingredients to ensure the animals get all of the fruits, veggies, … More »

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Animal HealthMeet the Patient: Amari

August 8, 2019 - Name: Amari Sex: Female Species: hedgehog Age: 3 years Weight: 342 g (.75 lb.) Reason for Visit: Echocardiogram to evaluate heart murmur heard during routine physical exam During a past routine visit to the Animal Wellness Campus, a defect was noticed … More »

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EcoChallengePlastic-Free Wrap

August 5, 2019 - As a conservation organization, it is our responsibility to help create a healthy, just and sustainable future for not only the human race, but for the flora and fauna that don’t have a voice. For the second year, Virginia Zoo … More »

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Brood ExpectationsScreaming Bundle of Joy

July 31, 2019 - When Keepers discover animals are breeding or expecting to become parents, preparations are made to help make the process as easy as possible for both the animals and the Keepers who will be involved in any care needed. A few … More »

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Member PerksMembers of the Quarter

July 30, 2019 - The Chao Family was the second lucky family to be randomly selected as our Members of the Quarter! Mom- Dana, Dad- Frederick, Daughter- Keira and Son- Kylar are new to the area and have the ‘Household Plus Membership.’ When the … More »

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Zoo Keeper Week2019 Zoo Keeper Olympics

July 26, 2019 - There’s no doubt that some of the requirements to be a Zoo Keeper include physical fitness and wit. It is mandatory for Keepers to be on their feet most of the day and they often have to do physically daunting … More »