Emery the Lion CubFive Months and Fierce

March 28, 2018 - Emery the lion cub is now five months old! Emery continues to go out on the main exhibit with parents Zola and Mramba, depending on the weather. He is eating up to 2 pounds of meat per day – in addition … More »

Baby AnimalsBetty the bongo has a boy!

March 26, 2018 - Virginia Zoo Keepers are delighted to share the birth of a new baby bongo Friday morning. The calf, a male, was born to mom Betty on Friday, March 23, 2018. He weighed 50 pounds at birth, and is the sixth … More »

Tales of the TailsLeaps and Bounds

March 20, 2018 - Hop on in for another great edition of Tales of the Tails, the blog series that features one of the many species of animals you can find right here at the Virginia Zoo. This month we’re a tad excited to … More »

AnimealsLettuce Celebrate

March 16, 2018 - Saturday, March 17th is a very special day for one very big bird. It’s Schilling the emu’s 10th birthday! Schilling lives with two other emu, Lester and Emus, in the Australia Walkabout. Each emu receives a ratite grain every day, … More »

Animal WellnessMeet the Patients: Chester and Rico

March 14, 2018 - Name: Chester and Rico Sex: Males Species: Cheetah Age: DOB 10/6/13 (4 years, 5 months) Weight: Chester 101 lb; Rico 106 lb Reason for Visit: Routine Physical Examinations Each animal at the Virginia Zoo receives a routine physical examination at least … More »

Baby AnimalsHello, Athena!

March 9, 2018 -   The Zoo’s zebra herd is growing. Abby, the 16-year-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra gave birth to “Athena,” a female foal on Monday, March 5, 2018. This is the fourth filly for Abby and third for father, seven-year-old, Zack. Zoo Keepers … More »

EducationReasons to Become a Safari Camper

March 5, 2018 - It may still be chilly out, but we at the Virginia Zoo are gearing up for another fabulous year of Safari Camp! Explore mythical monsters, crack zoo mysteries, become a zookeeper in training, or help tackle real-world conservation issues: we … More »

Lola's DepartureAll Grown Up

March 1, 2018 - Lola, the Virginia Zoo’s five-and-a-half-year-old female siamang has reached maturity and is ready to leave the family group. A siamang family group consists of one adult male and one adult female, along with two or three offspring. Hitam and Bali, the Zoo’s … More »