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Between Animals and People

April 18, 2019

Working with animals may look and sound like a fun job, and while it is rewarding, it’s a very serious business. Zoo Keepers are responsible for feeding, training, caring for and cleaning up after dozens of animals representing different species … More »

Birds of a Feather

April 12, 2019

Several of the Virginia Zoo’s Africa Okavango exhibits are unique in that animals representing multiple species often live with each other, just as they could be found in the wild. The giraffe yard is no exception, with four different species … More »

Babies Big and Small Born at the Zoo

April 9, 2019

 The Zoo is kicking off Spring with two new babies – a bongo calf and porcupette were recently born and can soon been seen on exhibit. A crested porcupine baby, called a porcupette, was born to parents Wilma and Flapjack … More »

Every Rose Has its Thorns

April 4, 2019

The Zoo’s Rose Garden is undergoing a renovation that entails removing all roses from the location. This garden has been plagued with Rose rosette disease (Emaravirus sp.) also known as witches’ broom of rose, a virus transmitted by an eriophyid mite … More »

Conservation-Savvy Gift Shop Purchases

April 2, 2019

No trip to the Zoo is complete without visiting the Gift Shop and picking out a souvenir to take home. Whether you’re more into something you can wear, such as a t-shirt, jacket or hat, something you can carry out … More »

Not your tyPIGal meal

March 27, 2019

Oboi, the Zoo’s red river hog turns 12 today! In honor his birthday and St. Patrick’s Day, the chefs at the Diet Kitchen were inspired to make Green Eggs and Ham. We know what you’re thinking, isn’t it weird to … More »

A Bone to Pick

March 21, 2019

Scientists use many types of clues to study and understand different environments, especially the types of animals that live in certain ecosystems. Clues can include scat or poop, footprints, hair and even markings on the ground, such as broken logs … More »

Welcome to the Jungle

March 20, 2019

There’s a famous song, “Welcome to the jungle, it has tons of rain”, or at least that’s what the lyrics should have said! Jungle is a nickname for rainforest, which is a type of biome that is hot, humid, has … More »

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