Education AnimalsZooLive! Stage is Open!
June 13, 2016
Learn about the animals featured in this video below and make sure to catch a presentation this summer to learn even more!
- Leopard tortoise
- Species is found in the plains and grasslands of Africa
- Has been at the Virginia Zoo since 2001, age unknown
- Weighs approximately 25 pounds
- Can sometimes be seen out on a walk around the zoo with education staff, grazing on grasses and wild onions
- Prehensile tail porcupine
- Species is found in the old growth forests of South America
- Born July 20th 2015 at the Virginia Zoo
- Shows off his prehensile tail during shows by climbing around his tree. Will occasionally pose for photos with guests.
- Common Boa
- Species is found on the edges of the rainforests of South America
- Has been at Virginia Zoo since 2007, age unknown
- Can grow to be 12 feet long, Magnum is approximately 6.5 feet long
- Flemish giant rabbit
- Originated in Flanders, Belgium. Is a domestic breed of rabbit
- Born October 1, 2012
- Weighs around 10 pounds but these rabbits can weigh up to 20 pounds
- Is a guest favorite at birthday parties and snoozes and now makes appearances hopping around stage.
- Buff orpington chicken
- Breed was first introduced in the town of Orpington in England in the 1800s
- These chickens are known for their calm, friendly behavior and have become popular show chickens
- Beatrice is trained to follow her trainer around stage, step up onto an arm for guests to see her and is learning more behaviors for stage shows!
- Screaming Hairy Armadillo
- Species is found in sloping burrows and sand dunes of South America
- Born August 18, 2014 at Virginia Zoo
- Has been trained to target or touch her nose to a target pole (ping pong ball on stick) she is learning new behaviors for stage shows.
- Virginia Opossum
- Only marsupial found in the United States
- Fiona was orphaned with her brother Seamus. Both were hand reared by vet staff and became education ambassador animals
- Estimated birthday is April 15, 2015
- Virginia opossums are important seed dispersers and help to clean up their habitat by eating pretty much anything. This makes them a useful part of the ecosystem and food chain. They are one of natures “garbage men”