Zoo Keeper ExperiencesNational Zoo Keeper Week

July 17, 2017 - Each year the third week in July is National Zoo Keeper Week! As the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats has increased, the Zoo Keeper’s role as educator and wildlife ambassador has become essential.     Zoo … More »

Tales of the Tails Animal StoriesPlays Well with Udders

July 14, 2017 - Earlier this week we not only celebrated Cow Appreciation Day, but the birthdays of Judy and Ruthie, our two Dexter cows. If you venture to the far corner of the ZooFarm, you can find these two lovely ladies basking in … More »

ConservationHornbill Conservation Program

July 11, 2017 - In 2016 the Virginia Zoo provided funding to the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation in their implementation of a national conservation program for Philippine hornbills. Hornbills are large, spectacular birds that play an essential seed-dispersal role in tropical rainforests, which make them … More »

Summer Safari Camp 201710 Reasons to Become a Summer Safari Camper

July 7, 2017 - The first session of the Summer Safari Camp is a wrap and the Virginia Zoo is gearing up for another awesome session starting up next week! First and second graders became Zoo Detectives and solved mysteries every day, all while having … More »

US National MammalCelebrating National Bison Month

July 5, 2017 - Every day in July is a great day to celebrate National Bison Month because: The North American bison is now our National Mammal! In May of 2016, Congress passed and President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act. With a rich history … More »

Baby AnimalsMeet Iggy – She’s So Fancy!

June 30, 2017 - More than 3,000 submissions poured in to help name the newest giraffe at the Virginia Zoo and by ZooKeeper vote, “Iggy” is her name! Members of the public submitted their favorite names at virginiazoo.org Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23, 2017.  “We … More »

AnimealsSoft Serve for Solaris

June 28, 2017 - Solaris, one of the Virginia Zoo’s four orangutans, celebrated his 14th birthday on June 22. Chef Yohn, with the help of Zoo Keepers, always likes to prepare special treats and enrichment for the animals to enjoy on their birthdays. For … More »

ZoolidaysBig Birthday Week!

June 24, 2017 - Not one, but THREE of our awesome red-headed animals are celebrating their birthdays this week! Let’s wish Thomas, Juno and Schnitz a Happy Birthday! Thomas is one of three Red pandas found here at the Zoo. He can be found … More »