ConservationWorld Wildlife Day

March 3, 2017 - Today is World Wildlife Day! On December 20, 2013, the United Nations designated March 3 as World Wildlife Day, a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the wild animals and plants of the world, as well as ways to fight … More »

Zoo EventsZoo To Do Returns!

March 1, 2017 - Zoo to Do Tickets Now On Sale! Tremendous plans are underway for the Virginia Zoo’s Zoo to Do, its annual charity gala. This year, the creative cocktail event welcomes two White rhinos with a “White Rhino Party” on June 3, … More »

ConservationNational Invasive Species Awareness Week

February 27, 2017 - This week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Although we tend to think of invasive species more as pests than true threats, these invaders have a drastic effect on wildlife. More than 40% of threatened or endangered species are at risk … More »

Animal StoriesTales of the Tails – It’s Binturong and oh so right!

February 22, 2017 - It’s a bear. No, it’s a primate. Or maybe it’s a cat. Actually, it’s neither one of those animals. It’s a binturong! Also known as bearcats for their resemblance to the two animals, binturongs are actually not related to bears or … More »

ConservationPartnering for Pangolin Conservation

February 17, 2017 - In the days leading up to World Pangolin Day, which is celebrated on February 18, we wanted to share an exciting, new conservation partnership that the Virginia Zoo started in 2016 with Dr. Ray Jansen and the African Pangolin Working Group (APWG). … More »

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 »