EducationThe Zoo Comes to a Preschool Near You!

August 1, 2017 - The Virginia Zoo recently created three new interactive preschool Zoo to You Outreaches: “Animals on the Move”, “One, Two, Who’s at the Zoo?” and “Colorful Animal Kingdom.” These programs are designed for preschoolers, ages three to five, to encourage learning … More »

Education DayCome Celebrate International Tiger Day at the Zoo

July 27, 2017 - July 29th is International Tiger Day and the Virginia Zoo is celebrating with some fun festivities on from 11 am to 2 pm. The Zoo’s Education Department will be hosting discovery stations, tiger-themed crafts, face painting and exciting games. You’ll … More »

HorticultureSprouting New Life

July 24, 2017 - The Virginia Zoo Horticulture Department is working on a new type of garden that is not only unique for guests to see, but that is beneficial for the flora and fauna on Zoo grounds. Next time you’re in the Zoo, … More »

Zoo Keeper WeekAAZK Fundraisers

July 21, 2017 - In August 2014, Zoo Keepers from the Virginia Zoo, along with those from the Virginia Aquarium and the Virginia Living Museum, formed a local chapter of AAZK, the American Association of Zoo Keepers.  The Tidewater Chapter of AAZK strives to … More »

AnimealsThat’s How We Roll

July 20, 2017 - WARNING: Do not read this blog if you are: a person, hungry, if you like food, or all of the above. Why? Because Chef Yohn made a delectable dish made just for the subspecies of Homo sapiens known as Zoo Keepers. … More »

ConservationZoo Keeper Dennis Helps Save Tortoises in the Desert

July 18, 2017 - Bolson tortoises (Gopherus flavomarginatus), also known as the running tortoises, are the largest land reptile in the United States. These tortoises are approximately 26-33 pounds and have a lifespan of 80-100 years. They are herbivorous, primarily feeding on shrubs and … More »

Zoo Keeper ExperiencesNational Zoo Keeper Week

July 17, 2017 - Each year the third week in July is National Zoo Keeper Week! As the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats has increased, the Zoo Keeper’s role as educator and wildlife ambassador has become essential.     Zoo … More »

Tales of the Tails Animal StoriesPlays Well with Udders

July 14, 2017 - Earlier this week we not only celebrated Cow Appreciation Day, but the birthdays of Judy and Ruthie, our two Dexter cows. If you venture to the far corner of the ZooFarm, you can find these two lovely ladies basking in … More »