Torpor for TenrecsThe Tenrec’s Sleepy Winter Vacation

November 18, 2015 - Found on the island of Madagascar, this spiky little creature closely resembles a hedgehog in looks but is actually related more to shrews and moles. They are also distantly related to aardvarks, elephants, Hyraxes, dugongs, and manatees. Madagascar pygmy hedgehog … More »

Zookeeper ChatWinterizing Our Bird Habitats

November 16, 2015 - As the temperatures outside cool down, you may be wondering – where do the birds at the Zoo go? Do they “fly south for the winter”? Lead Bird Keeper, Alexandra Zelazo-Kessler, answers these questions and more in this keeper chat about winterizing our … More »

The Turtle Survival Center in South CarolinaZookeepers Aide in Flood Relief Efforts

November 12, 2015 - The Turtle Survival Alliance formed in 2001 in response to the Asian Turtle Crisis. The global partnership’s goal is zero turtle extinctions in the 21st century. They hope to achieve this by concentrating on turtle and tortoise conservation as well … More »

America Recycles DayRecycled Enrichment Boxes

November 11, 2015 - America Recycles Day (ARD), celebrated on November 15 every year, is dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Recycled Enrichment Boxes at the Virginia Zoo The Virginia Zoo is also committed to recycling by reusing on-ground items such as … More »

ConservationOrangutan Caring Week

November 10, 2015 - Orangutan Caring Week is a worldwide event held annually every November to promote awareness and action to save these incredible red-haired apes and their rainforest homes. Facts about Orangutans Orangutans are divided into two species: the Bornean orangutan (P. pygmaeus) … More »

ConservationCOOL-er equipment for Southern Ground Hornbills

November 5, 2015 - The Zoo has participated in conservation efforts aimed at protecting Southern ground hornbills for a number of years. The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project has an established multi-pronged approach to addressing the Conservation Action Plan for the Southern Ground Hornbill. The … More »

growing papayaFruits of your labor

November 5, 2015 - Papaya originated in the lowland tropics of South America, but today you can find papayas growing everywhere in the tropics and subtropics AND right here at the Virginia Zoo.  This tropical plant likes rich soil, adequate water and full sun.  … More »

Owls and HalloweenWhoo goes There

October 29, 2015 - Some of my favorite decorations for Halloween have always included owls. They are a favorite of mine and have been gaining more and more popularity over the years. Owls have a long history of being featured in folk lore and … More »