National Zoo Keeper WeekKeeping up with the Keepers

July 18, 2018 - At the Virginia Zoo, visitors can learn an abundance of information about our animals through many mediums including signage, observation, educational programs and events, and by downloading our app. But there is also another way to get to know the … More »

AnimealsWhat’s for Dinner?

July 13, 2018 - We celebrate animal birthdays pretty often at the Virginia Zoo, and this week Chef Yohn got involved to create something tasty for the African lions to feast upon. Mramba turned 15 on July 8, and Zola will be turning 13 … More »

World of ReptilesOh Snap! Siamese Crocodiles Arrive

July 12, 2018 - The Virginia Zoo’s new World of Reptiles has become home to Siamese crocodiles, regarded as one of the most critically endangered crocodiles in the world.  The two female crocodiles arrived Tuesday to start the Zoo’s captive conservation program for the species. … More »

Baby AnimalsSofie’s A Sight to See!

July 6, 2018 - Since Dara gave birth Friday, June 22, her care team has given Dara the time and space she needs to adequately recover and bond with her baby. Many Zoo fans have anxiously asked the sex and name of the baby … More »

Train Engineer for a DayAll Aboard!

July 5, 2018 - When most people visit the Zoo, their intentions are to see the animals and frolic among the gardens, but some Zoo visitors always have one thing on their zoo-to-do list: Ride the Zoo Train! The Norfolk Southern Express Train is … More »

On the Zoo BlogSeeing is Bee-lieving

July 2, 2018 - Last week the Virginia Zoo received some unexpected visitors; an estimated 2,000 to be exact! A swarm of bees migrated to the orchards at the Animal Wellness Campus, urging staff to call in an expert to safely remove the bees … More »

Tales of the Tails Animal StoriesSnake Charmer

June 28, 2018 - In the beginning of May, the Virginia Zoo announced it would be welcoming the region’s largest snake, and Zoo fans grew curious to see what the Zoo had in store. This venomous snake had guests wondering if it was safe … More »

Baby Animals A Bornean is born!

June 25, 2018 - Dara gave birth to her baby just before midnight on Friday, June 22 behind the scenes in her indoor den. This is the first offspring for both 18-year-old Dara and her mate, 15-year-old, Solaris. “We couldn’t be more excited about … More »