Shop For a CauseSupporting Hornbill Conservation

December 9, 2015 - The following gifts help support the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project and the Philippine Hornbills Conservation Program 2016 fieldwork activities. Hand-crafted Pendants To help conserve these birds, artisans in Africa are creating pendants to raise money and awareness.  These solid sterling silver … More »

ConservationProvincial Wildlife Month in Negros Occidental

December 7, 2015 - Effective conservation programs often require a multi-pronged approach that integrates applied conservation science, together with community-based education and threat mitigation strategies to be successful. Even the best wildlife management programs can only achieve short term results if the resident communities … More »

Birthday WishesHappy 1st Birthday Mateo!

December 4, 2015 - We are celebrating a very special day here at the Zoo. Mateo, a prehensile-tailed porcupine, is turning 1 year old on December 5! Mateo was born at the Zoo in December of 2014 and was hand raised by our veterinary … More »

Amazon Wish ListGrant an Animal’s Wish this Holiday

November 28, 2015 - This holiday season, please consider donating something special to your favorite animal. We zookeepers like to celebrate the holidays with our animals. Spring time means pink pails and plastic eggs for the wallabies, the Fourth of July sees the elephants … More »

Thanksgiving7 Things We Are Thankful For

November 24, 2015 - We would like to celebrate this Thanksgiving by sending gratitude to the amazing animals and people who make the Zoo such a wonderful place to visit. Here are 7 things we are thankful for this holiday season. 1. The animals. The animals … More »

Wild 1st BirthdayHappy Birthday Guntur!

November 20, 2015 - We are celebrating Guntur’s 1st birthday! Guntur, a male siamang, was born November 21, 2014. Mother Hitam came to the Virginia Zoo from the San Diego Zoo, while father Bali came from Howletts Wild Animal Park in England. Guntur was the … More »

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 »