Animal EnrichmentThanksgiving Feasts

November 28, 2016 - In celebration of Thanksgiving, several of our animal residents enjoyed their very own feast similar to what people eat on the holiday! As a treat to Zoo fans, members, followers and visitors, we recorded the animals eating their feasts to … More »

Gender Roles ReversedMr. Mom in the Animal Kingdom

November 13, 2016 - Today is Sadie Hawkins Day! An American folk event, this holiday made its debut in Al Capp’s Li’l Abner comic strip in 1937. Sadie Hawkins was a lonely girl who grew tired of waiting to be asked on a date by … More »

Zoo StaffDr. Guthrie to Join the Zoological Society of London

November 10, 2016 - Dr. Amanda Guthrie will be leaving this month to work for the Zoological Society of London, one of the world’s largest and most diverse animal collections, as Senior Veterinary Officer. The Zoological Society of London oversees both the London Zoo, … More »

Animal EnrichmentHose2Habitat Workshop

November 9, 2016 - At the end of October, the Tidewater Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) held an enrichment workshop at the Virginia Zoo. The workshop gave the Keepers and education staff a unique opportunity to make enrichment for some of … More »

US National MammalHappy Bison Day 2016!

November 4, 2016 - Tomorrow, November 5th, is a great day to celebrate Bison Day 2016 because: The North American bison is now our new National Mammal! In May of this year, Congress passed and President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act. With a … More »

ConservationThe Diversity of Front-Line Conservation: Saving the Cheetahs

November 1, 2016 - The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a wild cat that is found in parts of eastern and southwestern Africa, as well as parts of Iran. These unique cats are distinguished by their slender tan bodies, which are cloaked in black spots … More »

CONSERVATIONVirginia Zoo conducts local research project on salamanders

October 27, 2016 - Amphibians are the most endangered group of vertebrates, with nearly a third of all species threatened with extinction globally. Worldwide, their population decrease is largely because of infectious diseases like emerging Chytrid fungal pathogens. Southeastern states are considered a salamander … More »

Animal WellnessAlfred to Undergo X-Rays

October 26, 2016 - Alfred, the Zoo’s 48-year-old White rhino is set to receive x-rays this week to decide next steps in his medical treatment and recovery. Virginia Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Amanda Guthrie and the animal care staff will perform the x-rays in his … More »