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 »

AnimealsSoft Serve for Solaris

June 28, 2017 - Solaris, one of the Virginia Zoo’s four orangutans, celebrated his 14th birthday on June 22. Chef Yohn, with the help of Zoo Keepers, always likes to prepare special treats and enrichment for the animals to enjoy on their birthdays. For … More »

ZoolidaysBig Birthday Week!

June 24, 2017 - Not one, but THREE of our awesome red-headed animals are celebrating their birthdays this week! Let’s wish Thomas, Juno and Schnitz a Happy Birthday! Thomas is one of three Red pandas found here at the Zoo. He can be found … More »

Tales of the Tails Animal StoriesHigh There!

June 21, 2017 - What animal is known for its unique spots, long neck and for being the Watchtower of the Serengeti? What about the animal from Africa that can run up to 35 mph? It’s also the tallest animal in the world and … More »

Baby AnimalsName Imara’s Baby!

June 19, 2017 - The Virginia Zoo welcomed a female Masai giraffe calf on June 4, 2017. At birth, the calf weighed 149 pounds, and stood 5 feet, 11 inches tall. Now the staff is looking to give this girl a name.   The … More »

ZoolidaysNational Flip Flop Day

June 17, 2017 - It’s National Flip Flop Day! Just about everyone owns a pair of these comfortable sandals, which are commonly worn during warmer weather to places like the lake, at swimming pools, on the beach and pretty much anywhere you can think … More »

Volunteer RecapVolunteer Management Internship

June 9, 2017 - I first saw the job posting for the volunteer management internship around January. I was immediately drawn to it. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work at the zoo? I decided to apply and see what would happen. About a … More »