Zoo Keepers ConferenceA Day in the Life…

September 28, 2015 - With any job, attending professional conferences are a great way to learn and present new ideas, connect with colleagues at other locations, and refocus on the mission of your organization.  And, it is no different while working at a zoo. … More »

Rad RatitesWorld Cassowary Day

September 25, 2015 - Did you know that World Cassowary Day is September 26? Not that we need a special day to celebrate these amazing birds – we love them every day of the year! The Virginia Zoo is extremely proud of its cassowary … More »

International Red Panda DayMore Than a Cute Face

September 18, 2015 - Red pandas are more than just a cute face! They’re a unique species with their very own family classification and are even referred to as the “first panda” since Western scientists first described them 50 years before giant pandas. Red … More »

Adding vertical interestStaghorn Fern

September 15, 2015 - Staghorn ferns get their name because their fronds look like the antlers of a Staghorn deer. These interesting antler like plants are considered epiphytes.  This word comes from the Greek ‘epi’ meaning upon and ‘phyton’ meaning plant.  The amazing foliage … More »

Updates on ExhibitAustralia Walkabout

September 15, 2015 - The Virginia Zoo is saddened to announce the passing of two of our Bennett’s Wallabies that were imported from New Zealand and live in the Australia Walkabout exhibit. Results came back from the lab last week, showing that one died … More »

at the ZooBack to School

September 9, 2015 - With the busy summer season past us it is back to school for the animals at the zoo.  Each day we provide animal training and enrichment to our ambassador animals. For the last summer camp of the season, our prehensile … More »

Bleeding Heart DoveNewly Hatched

September 4, 2015 - Luzon’s Bleeding Heart Doves are a ground dove.  With a distinct, reddish mark on the chest, these birds are easy to spot in our Asian Aviary’s.  The males tend to be larger and have a more pronounced red patch. With … More »

School ProgramsLearning Comes to Life!

September 1, 2015 - The Zoo is nature’s most exciting classroom! We are wild about learning and the Zoo has programs to fit all your educational needs. Zoo school programs provide a hands-on, brains-on opportunity for students in all grade levels to learn about animals … More »