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 »

Zoo Diet KitchenAnimeals for the Tigers and Siamangs

January 17, 2017 - Virginia Zoo Chef Yohn’s job is to slice, dice, peel, chop, cook, mash and prepare the meals of all of the animals at the Zoo, but why stop there? The animals receive enrichment to stimulate their senses and behaviors, and … More »

Zoo TechnologyThe New Virginia Zoo Mobile App is Out Now!

January 11, 2017 - On Wednesday, January 11, 2016 the Virginia Zoo released its new mobile app for both iOS and Android users to download and enjoy at no cost! As you open the app, be sure to watch a short video that captures the unique … More »