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 »

Creating Local HabitatsBackyard Butterflies

August 26, 2015 - They look like beautiful flower gardens, but on closer examination there’s so much more going on. Butterflies flutter splashes of color and voracious caterpillars and peaceful pupa mingle in gardens with inviting habitats. Nectar flowers and puddles of water beckon … More »

ConservationHelping Hornbills

August 20, 2015 - The Zoo has participated in conservation efforts aimed at protecting Southern ground hornbills for a number of years. Native to areas south of the equator in Africa, this species of hornbill is the largest in the world. Hornbills build their … More »

Help Save BirdsCalling All Artists!

August 19, 2015 - The Virginia Zoo is looking for a few volunteer artists as part of a third-year program to help reduce the risk of birds flying into animal exhibit windows. “Conservation can be fun. This is a great way to engage local … More »

Animal AmbassadorsMeet Olivia

August 18, 2015 - Olivia is a juvenile screaming hairy armadillo that was born right here at the Virginia Zoo. She was born on August 18, 2014 to parents Savannah and Chaco. Screaming hairy armadillos are found in western Bolivia and in northwestern provinces … More »

Fun For a Good CauseRollin’ & Bowlin’ For Rhinos

August 15, 2015 - Since 1990, members of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) have raised over $4 million for conservation with an annual fundraiser called Bowling for Rhinos (BFR). Local chapters organize events all over the country and collect more than $400k each … More »

Follow Us to the Hive!Buzzing for Bees

August 12, 2015 - Did you know that the Zoo has kept honey bees for the last 22 years? The Norfolk Beekeepers currently maintain our hives. About 30lbs of honey are harvested from the hives each year, but their main purpose is education and … More »