Volunteer at the Zoo Trail Host Pros: The Zoo’s Most Popular Volunteer Position

November 19, 2019 - On your recent visit to the zoo, perhaps you encountered a friendly, green-polo-wearing individual on one of our trails. They may have just said “Hello!”or perhaps you engaged in a conversation about the curious critters in the habitat behind them. … More »

Animal WellnessVirginia Zoo Mourns a Significant Loss

November 18, 2019 - The Zoo is deeply saddened to share that despite almost a full week of highly intensive 24-hour around the clock treatment and supportive care, young orangutan Sofie has passed away. Veterinary and animal care staff had been providing critical life … More »

Animal WellnessGet Well Soon, Sofie

November 15, 2019 - Sofie, the Zoo’s 1 ½ year old Bornean orangutan, is unfortunately very sick. Just like with human babies, young orangutans are much more susceptible to disease due to still-developing immune systems and Sofie has come down with a serious infection … More »

On the BlogAll in the Family

November 14, 2019 - Have you or has someone you know sent off a sample of DNA to track down your family history? The goal is to figure out your lineage – who’s related to who and how. The results come back in a … More »

AnimealsBrowse for the Bison

November 7, 2019 - National Bison Day is an annual holiday to honor the nation’s largest land mammal, a species that has quite the history. In the 1800s, there were more than 30 million bison across the country, but less than 100 years ago, … More »

Conservation at HomeThe Butterfly Effect

October 31, 2019 - When Zoo staff clock out for the day, you may assume that their duties are complete, but for two Zoo employees, Kylie Wash and Tara Baumgardner, this isn’t the case. Their passion for animals is carried off Zoo grounds, but … More »

Tales of the TailsFeeling Cheeky

October 24, 2019 - White-cheeked gibbons are lesser apes, not monkeys; lesser apes differ from great apes such as orangutans and gorillas in that they are smaller, lack sexual dimorphisim and do not build nests. These gibbons have some unique facts about them that … More »


October 18, 2019 - For International Sloth Day this year there are no tricks, just treats. So we’re making something neat and giving the sloths something good to eat! We’re back in the Diet Kitchen with Chef Yohn to prepare a Halloween-inspired treat for … More »