Orangutan PregnancyWhat to Expect When We’re Expecting

June 20, 2018 - As we all know, Dara, the Virginia Zoo’s pregnant orangutan, is due at any time now. Zoo staff and fans alike have been becoming more anxious by the day to hear of the arrival of the newborn. While her Keepers are … More »

AnimealsA “Pitcher” for Pete and Patty

June 15, 2018 - Tree shrews have a symbiotic relationship with pitcher plants. These carnivorous plants offer yummy nectar and insects for the tree shrews to eat, and in return the tree shrews will defecate in the plant, providing additional nutrients for the plant … More »

ConservationThis is the Last Straw

June 8, 2018 - It is estimated that 119 billion pounds of plastic waste is currently in our oceans and waterways, and every year millions of pounds of new plastic waste builds up from the improper disposal of straws, cups, water bottles, plastic bags, … More »

Meet the PatientsFearless Feline: An Exam for Emery

June 4, 2018 - Everyone’s favorite lion cub, Emery, recently had his seven month checkup by Virginia Zoo vet staff and Dr. Keith Kremer, DVM, DACVIM, a board-certified veterinary internist. Physical exams performed when Emery was three months old revealed developmental abnormalities with his … More »

Zoo To Do 2018Thingsss to Remember for Zoo To Do

May 30, 2018 - We can’t tame our excitement any longer that you’re joining us for Zoo To Do: Crocodile Rock this Saturday, June 2 at 7 pm! Here’s some additional info for the best Zoo To Do experience: You’re headed to the Virginia Zoo, … More »

Zoo To Do 2018Zoo To Do Silent Auction Tips

May 25, 2018 - The Virginia Zoo’s annual gala, Zoo To Do, is just a week away! Staff and attendees are equally getting prepared for a night of feasting, dancing and untamed fun. Besides having the opportunity to take in new sights of the … More »

AnimealsShelling Out Tasty Treats

May 24, 2018 - May 23 was World Turtle Day and the Virginia Zoo’s diet expert Chef Yohn shellebrated with some turtley awesome Animeals for two of our Radiated tortoises, Antano and Narivo. Housed in a behind-the-scenes area, these two tortoises spend most of … More »

Animal HealthDara has an ultrasound!

May 23, 2018 - Coming into the home stretch of her pregnancy Dara’s care team, consisting of Asia Zoo Keepers and veterinarian Dr. Colleen Clabbers, were able to work with Dara on getting an ultrasound of her baby-to-be. Using food as motivation and positive … More »