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 »

grant awarded toVirginia Zoo

October 21, 2015 - Virginia Zoo is honored and excited by the recent news that we have received from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums has awarded an 2015 International Training Grant to allow Virginia Zoo to partner with the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation … More »

Happy BirthdayZoo Train

October 19, 2015 - The Zoo Train turns 9 years old this October. With more than half a million riders, we’re proud to say this model 1863 Steam Locomotive has raised more than $1.2 million  for our conservation efforts, which include the Australia Walkabout … More »

Ground HornbillsDisney Conservation Fund

October 16, 2015 - The Virginia Zoo is honored to be a 2015 Disney Conservation Fund grant recipient. The Disney Conservation Fund was established in 1995 to combine the support from The Walt Disney Company and Guests to aid nonprofit organizations working to protect the plant … More »

Demonstrate Natural BehaviorEnrichment

October 15, 2015 - While walking through the zoo you may notice different types of toys in our animal exhibits, from the blankets in with our orangutans, ropes on the siamang island or even boxes in with our reptiles. All of these items are … More »