Orangutan PregnancyTraining for Motherhood

April 25, 2018 - In case you haven’t heard, one of the Virginia Zoo’s orangutans, Dara, is pregnant! With such big, exciting news also comes extra work and preparation to make way for baby! Once Keepers confirmed Dara’s pregnancy, they reached out to the … More »

Tales of the TailsSaving Animals from Tapir-ing Off

April 24, 2018 - What animal has hooves, a long snout and a large, round body? Your first guess might be an elephant, hippo or even an anteater, but for the animal we’re featuring this month, all of those answers are wrong. This month’s … More »

Zoo To Do 2018Zoo To Do Unveils New World of Reptiles

April 19, 2018 - The Virginia Zoo’s “Zoo To Do” welcomes more than 300 new and awe-inspiring residents to the latest addition, the World of Reptiles. The annual charity gala is themed “Crocodile Rock” and will be held on June 2, 2018 from 7 to … More »

National Volunteer WeekVolunteer Spotlight

April 17, 2018 - It’s National Volunteer Week! Our Zoo Crew volunteers help in a variety of areas, including educating visitors about our animals, assisting with special events, scooping up poop in the ZooFarm, presenting education animals, leading school programs, filing and shredding paper, … More »

AnimealsA Birthday Gift to Chomp On

April 16, 2018 - Chompers is one of the Virginia Zoo’s newest animal ambassadors, and the only African-crested porcupine in the program. Believe it or not, this little spiky guy turned one on Wednesday, April 11! Chompers got his name from what he does … More »

Baby AnimalsZoo Orangutan is Pregnant

April 11, 2018 - The Virginia Zoo is thrilled to announce that one of its critically endangered female orangutans is pregnant. This will be the first offspring for Dara, the 18-year-old Bornean orangutan, who is expected to deliver the baby in mid June to … More »

EdZOOcation SeriesEdZOOcate Yourself

April 3, 2018 - Join us this year for our two new education series: EdZOOcation and Animal Appreciation Days! Learning is always an adventure at the Virginia Zoo! Join us for our EdZOOcation Days to explore animals and their habitats through hands-on activities, crafts, … More »

VolunteersStudents “Chews” to Volunteer at Zoo by Scraping Gum

March 30, 2018 - Braving the chilly and windy weather, 22 students and five teachers from the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy volunteered their time to remove chewing gum from Zoo grounds. In less than 20 minutes, the group managed to remove more than 300 pieces of … More »