Zoo StaffDr. Guthrie to Join the Zoological Society of London

November 10, 2016 - Dr. Amanda Guthrie will be leaving this month to work for the Zoological Society of London, one of the world’s largest and most diverse animal collections, as Senior Veterinary Officer. The Zoological Society of London oversees both the London Zoo, … More »

Animal EnrichmentHose2Habitat Workshop

November 9, 2016 - At the end of October, the Tidewater Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) held an enrichment workshop at the Virginia Zoo. The workshop gave the Keepers and education staff a unique opportunity to make enrichment for some of … More »

US National MammalHappy Bison Day 2016!

November 4, 2016 - Tomorrow, November 5th, is a great day to celebrate Bison Day 2016 because: The North American bison is now our new National Mammal! In May of this year, Congress passed and President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act. With a … More »

ConservationThe Diversity of Front-Line Conservation: Saving the Cheetahs

November 1, 2016 - The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a wild cat that is found in parts of eastern and southwestern Africa, as well as parts of Iran. These unique cats are distinguished by their slender tan bodies, which are cloaked in black spots … More »

CONSERVATIONVirginia Zoo conducts local research project on salamanders

October 27, 2016 - Amphibians are the most endangered group of vertebrates, with nearly a third of all species threatened with extinction globally. Worldwide, their population decrease is largely because of infectious diseases like emerging Chytrid fungal pathogens. Southeastern states are considered a salamander … More »

Animal WellnessAlfred to Undergo X-Rays

October 26, 2016 - Alfred, the Zoo’s 48-year-old White rhino is set to receive x-rays this week to decide next steps in his medical treatment and recovery. Virginia Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Amanda Guthrie and the animal care staff will perform the x-rays in his … More »

CONSERVATIONZoo prevents bird deaths by applying tape

October 25, 2016 - We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the “stuff on the windows” at the orangutan and tiger exhibits. So we’ve decided to sit down with Brooke, the Zoo’s Lead Bird Keeper and ask her a few questions.   Question: … More »

ReptilesHappy Reptile Awareness Day!

October 21, 2016 - Today is Reptile Awareness Day – the perfect time to celebrate all things slimy, slithery and creepy! The Virginia Zoo is exceptionally excited to be celebrating all of our scaly friends this year as we begin renovations to the Reptile House. … More »