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 »

Meller's Chameleons at the ZooNEW Exhibit

October 9, 2015 - We are excited about our new Meller’s chameleon exhibit that opened in Africa-Okavango Delta.  Meller’s are the largest African chameleon located in Tanzania, northern Mozambique and Malawi. They can grow to reach 24 inches long and weigh up to 21 … More »

get to know our dexter cattleMOOO-ving IN

October 1, 2015 - Did you know tomorrow, October 2nd, is World Farm Animal Day? And, we are celebrating our Dexter Cattle and their refurbished digs.  Today, October 1st our Zoo Farm cows returned to their renovated home. The Zoo Farm will be opening … More »

Zoo Keepers ConferenceA Day in the Life…

September 28, 2015 - With any job, attending professional conferences are a great way to learn and present new ideas, connect with colleagues at other locations, and refocus on the mission of your organization.  And, it is no different while working at a zoo. … More »

Rad RatitesWorld Cassowary Day

September 25, 2015 - Did you know that World Cassowary Day is September 26? Not that we need a special day to celebrate these amazing birds – we love them every day of the year! The Virginia Zoo is extremely proud of its cassowary … More »

International Red Panda DayMore Than a Cute Face

September 18, 2015 - Red pandas are more than just a cute face! They’re a unique species with their very own family classification and are even referred to as the “first panda” since Western scientists first described them 50 years before giant pandas. Red … More »

Adding vertical interestStaghorn Fern

September 15, 2015 - Staghorn ferns get their name because their fronds look like the antlers of a Staghorn deer. These interesting antler like plants are considered epiphytes.  This word comes from the Greek ‘epi’ meaning upon and ‘phyton’ meaning plant.  The amazing foliage … More »