Animal WellnessWhat’s Up with Diallo?

August 7, 2017 - If you’ve been to the Zoo recently, you might have noticed Diallo, one of our two five-year-old Watusi cattle has a slight tilt to his head. Inside all Watusi horns there are special cells that help with heat exchange and … More »

ConservationNo Filter Needed – or is it?

August 5, 2017 - Today’s special holiday commemorates an animal that can be spotted at the Zoo, but only if you come at the right time. Walk past the bison and eagle enclosures, and head across from the Zoo’s pond. Look out in the … More »

EducationThe Zoo Comes to a Preschool Near You!

August 1, 2017 - The Virginia Zoo recently created three new interactive preschool Zoo to You Outreaches: “Animals on the Move”, “One, Two, Who’s at the Zoo?” and “Colorful Animal Kingdom.” These programs are designed for preschoolers, ages three to five, to encourage learning … More »

Education DayCome Celebrate International Tiger Day at the Zoo

July 27, 2017 - July 29th is International Tiger Day and the Virginia Zoo is celebrating with some fun festivities on from 11 am to 2 pm. The Zoo’s Education Department will be hosting discovery stations, tiger-themed crafts, face painting and exciting games. You’ll … More »

HorticultureSprouting New Life

July 24, 2017 - The Virginia Zoo Horticulture Department is working on a new type of garden that is not only unique for guests to see, but that is beneficial for the flora and fauna on Zoo grounds. Next time you’re in the Zoo, … More »

Zoo Keeper WeekAAZK Fundraisers

July 21, 2017 - In August 2014, Zoo Keepers from the Virginia Zoo, along with those from the Virginia Aquarium and the Virginia Living Museum, formed a local chapter of AAZK, the American Association of Zoo Keepers.  The Tidewater Chapter of AAZK strives to … More »

AnimealsThat’s How We Roll

July 20, 2017 - WARNING: Do not read this blog if you are: a person, hungry, if you like food, or all of the above. Why? Because Chef Yohn made a delectable dish made just for the subspecies of Homo sapiens known as Zoo Keepers. … More »

ConservationZoo Keeper Dennis Helps Save Tortoises in the Desert

July 18, 2017 - Bolson tortoises (Gopherus flavomarginatus), also known as the running tortoises, are the largest land reptile in the United States. These tortoises are approximately 26-33 pounds and have a lifespan of 80-100 years. They are herbivorous, primarily feeding on shrubs and … More »