National Day of GivingGiving Zoosday

November 27, 2017 - Giving Tuesday, also known as Giving ZOOsday, is today, November 28th and the Virginia Zoo is proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. Every year we have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and … More »

For Your EducationWILDlife-friendly Holiday Tips

November 22, 2017 - Let’s face it. The holidays can get pretty wild. There’s tons of food, people, gifts, decorations and alcohol. With this time of year in focus, it’s easy to forget the consequences our holiday traditions have on animals, and not just our … More »

AnimealsSeason’s Feedings Recipes

November 20, 2017 - “Season’s Greetings” takes a twist this week as Chef Yohn, with the help of our awesome ZooFarm Keepers, give some of our animals their daily diet in a unique way: Thanksgiving style! Monday, the Patagonian cavy family feasted on their … More »

HorticultureOur Plight with Fire Blight

November 15, 2017 - The Zoo’s orchard, located within the Animal Wellness Campus, has been hit hard by a destructive disease which has affected all of the Asian pear fruit trees. Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, is a common and frequently devastating problem … More »

Animal Wellness More about Diallo and his Condition

November 13, 2017 - Many questions surrounding Diallo’s condition have been asked in the past couple of days regarding why certain treatment methods were not performed on our five-year-old watusi cattle with the head tilt. The Zoo’s Veterinarian, Dr. Colleen Clabbers, has summarized the … More »

Animal WellnessVirginia Zoo Mourns the Loss of Watusi

November 10, 2017 - The Virginia Zoo is saddened to announce its five-year-old watusi, Diallo, was euthanized this week. As reported earlier this year, Diallo was experiencing an overproduction of mucus in one of his horns, causing a weight difference between the right and left … More »

Animal ArrivalsWelcome Sibindi: Third Endangered White Rhino

November 7, 2017 - The Virginia Zoo is excited to welcome a male rhino. The 11-year-old male, Sibindi, arrived at the Zoo this weekend from White Oak Conservation Center in Florida and will take residence in the Africa – Okavango Delta with Bora and … More »

Tales of the TailsThe People of the Forest

November 6, 2017 - We’re not monkeying around…. Orangutans aren’t monkeys! They are primates, but orangutans, gibbons, siamangs, chimpanzees and gorillas are all apes – not monkeys. But how do you know the difference between the two? Monkeys have tails which they typically use … More »