MythsAnimal Misconceptions

October 12, 2018 - At some point in our lives, we’ve all fallen victim to a rumor or story we believed to be true, especially tall tales about animals. Black cats on Halloween are bad luck. Goldfish have a terrible memory. Flies have a … More »

Virtual ClassroomTechnology Helps the Zoo Teach Kids

October 10, 2018 - Education is an important part of the Virginia Zoo’s mission. The Education Department provides a variety of programs for schools, families, and individuals from Safari camps to field trips to ZooLive! stage presentations. We love facilitating opportunities to help our … More »

Zoo EventsGrowl Fest Tips Before You Sip

October 5, 2018 - Growl Fest 2018 is finally here, and we’re hoping to see you, friends and family at the Zoo tomorrow night! Growl Fest officially kicks off at 6 pm with after-hours access to the Zoo, beverages, food trucks and plenty of … More »

AnimealsPecky Eaters

September 28, 2018 - Chef Yohn is on vacation this week, but that doesn’t mean the work in the Diet Kitchen stops. The animals need to eat, so Sous Chef James has stepped in to make sure all of the animals’ daily diets are … More »

A Zoo LossZoo Says Goodbye to Loved Kangaroo

September 26, 2018 - Marley was a 14-year-old Eastern grey kangaroo who lived in the Zoo’s Australia Walkabout. Marley came to the Virginia Zoo from the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Georgia and has lived in the exhibit with the other wallabies and emus for … More »

Animal WellnessMeet the Patient: Diego

September 25, 2018 - Name: Diego Sex: Male Species: Screaming hairy armadillo Age: 1 yr 5 mo old (born 4/27/17) Weight: 792 grams (1.74 lb) Reason for Visit: Episodes of regurgitation after eating Diego is a one year old male Screaming hairy armadillo who … More »

ConservationFour Ways We Contribute to Conservation

September 21, 2018 - The Virginia Zoo is known for its animals, exhibits, gardens and events, but did you know that the Zoo serves a higher purpose than just being a local attraction? The Zoo’s mission is to save and protect the world’s wildlife by … More »

DevelopmentTurning Over a New Leaf

September 19, 2018 - The Virginia Zoo is home to more than 700 animals from rhinos to tortoises, snakes and primates, and an array of birds and insects. While the animals are the Zoo’s number one draw for nearly half a million guests every … More »