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 »

Thomas and CinnamonLoving fall weather

October 26, 2015 - Fall is the air.  The weather has cooled down, the leaves have begun to fall and some of the Zoo’s animals are enjoying this change in the seasons. The brisk fall air has encouraged the Virginia Zoo’s red pandas, Thomas and Cinnamon, to … More »

Meet the Zoo'sCreepy Critters

October 23, 2015 - At the Zoo we have several animal species that many people refer to as creepy crawlers but these species all have important roles in the environment. We have several different species of tarantulas, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, vinegaroons, African giant millipedes, … More »