National Volunteer WeekVolunteer Spotlight

April 24, 2017 - Happy National Volunteer Week! In 2016, the Virginia Zoo had 642 volunteers serve 24,760 hours at the Zoo.  To put that into perspective, that equates to the work of about 12 full-time employees.  We are able to do so much … More »

Tales of the Tails Animal StoriesHangin’ Around with the Siamangs

April 18, 2017 - In honor of Ape Awareness Month, April’s Tales of the Tails Animal Stories is about one of the Virginia Zoo’s most popular species of ape, the siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus). Walk into the Zoo on a nice, warm day and one of … More »

Recipes for the AnimalsTurtley Awesome Animeals

April 17, 2017 - The warm weather means more of our animals come out of their temperature controlled shelters to bask in the sun or take dips in their pools. The same goes for our five Aldabra tortoises – AJ, Bubbles, Dotty, Jackson and … More »

Animal ArrivalsThe Virginia Zoo Welcomes Two Genetically Important White Rhinos

April 11, 2017 -   The Virginia Zoo is proud to announce the acquisition of two juvenile White rhinos, Bora and Zina. The female rhinos arrived at the Virginia Zoo this weekend from the Singapore Zoo and will take residence in the Africa Okavango … More »

Animal EducationAnimal Tricksters

April 1, 2017 - April Fools! As most of you are aware, today is an international holiday where millions of people all over the world fall victim to tricks, pranks and jokes. While April Fools Day is fun and “emusing” to humans, some species … More »

Tales of the Tails Animal StoriesI Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for SCREAMERS!

March 22, 2017 - Step foot into the ZooFarm and chances are you’ll hear all sorts of noises – from the cows and zebu mooing, to the sheep baaing, the pigs oinking and… SCREAMING? Located in the middle of the ZooFarm is a grassy area … More »

ZoolidaysWorld Frog Day

March 20, 2017 - Ribbit. Ribbit. Ribbit. That sound is a big unison hello from all the frogs at the Virginia Zoo! They want to welcome you to World Frog Day, which is held annually on March 20.  Did you know that: frogs are found on every continent … More »

Recipes for the AnimalsAnimeals – Cake Cake Cake

March 9, 2017 - It’s that time again to step into the Zoo’s Diet Kitchen with Chef Yohn for another Animeals recipe walkthrough! Chef Yohn must have had a craving for some “dessert”, because he decided to make cakes for Haddie the tapir, and meerkats … More »