ConservationPangolin Conservation Update

September 30, 2017 - There are eight species of Pangolin – 4 species found in Africa and 4 species found in Asia. All eight species are threatened with extinction in the wild and these amazing animals are among the most illegally trafficked wildlife species … More »

Exhibit AdditionsA Fresh Start

September 26, 2017 - While most of the Zoo’s reptile collection will have to wait until February to move into their exhibits, one slow-and-steady reptile has already been introduced to her new enclosure. Ethyl, a Leopard tortoise, is becoming acclimated to her new habitat … More »

Tales of the TailsThat’s All Rhino

September 22, 2017 - Even though unicorns are mythical creatures, there is a real animal that is just as majestic that humans can actually see. Known as “unicorns with curves” on the internet, these animals are also treasured for their unique horns. Rhinoceroses, or … More »

ConservationInternational Coastal Cleanup Day

September 12, 2017 - Litter isn’t just a big deal in Hampton Roads, but across the world. Plastics and other trash aren’t easily decomposable, and end up in storm drains, parks, water sources and can ultimately end up in the stomachs of the world’s … More »

Animal WellnessMeet the Patient: Palu

September 5, 2017 - Name: Palu Sex: Male Species: Malayan sun bear Age: DOB 10/25/08 (8 yr 9 mo old) Weight: 155.1lb Reason for Visit: Routine Physical Examination – Each animal at the Virginia Zoo receives a routine physical examination at least every 2-3 years or … More »

ConservationHands-on as a CYT

August 30, 2017 - Every summer, the Virginia Zoo offers youth a chance to get involved at the Zoo, to become more hands on with conservation efforts and learn to be an environmental steward of the future. The Virginia Zoo’s Conservation Youth Team (CYT) … More »

Tales of the TailsThey Say I’m Emusing

August 21, 2017 - Take a stroll through the Australia Walkabout and you’ll find this tall, flightless bird duo scoping out their wallaby and kangaroo neighbors, as well as guests, with their deep red eyes. If you’re quiet, you can actually hear their unique calls, … More »

Recipes for the AnimalsAnimeals for Bora and Zina

August 18, 2017 - Bora and Zina, our Southern White rhinos, are two of the Zoo’s largest animals – weighing in between 2,200 and 2,700 pounds each. With that much mass, a pretty hefty sized diet must be consumed to stay healthy and thriving; … More »