Tales of the TailsWe’re Stumped on a Title for this Blog

April 9, 2021 - Just kidding, we knew exactly what we wanted to call this month’s Tales of the Tails blog, featuring one of our coolest bird species, but we also wanted to use a pun that we’ll explain in just a bit. Meet … More »

giraffes eating from a wreath

AnimealsBelated Birthday Bouquet

April 7, 2021 - She’s big, beautiful, has experience with babies and recently celebrated her birthday – it’s Imara the giraffe! This experienced mother, who recently gave birth to calf Tiana in early 2021, just turned 19 on Easter Sunday. In honor of her … More »

Take ActionExplore Norfolk’s Backyard Like Never Before

March 29, 2021 - Your Zoo, parks and trails are calling you to see, play or ride this spring – right in your own backyard. Connecting with nature is proven to boost the cognitive, creative, physical, social and emotional development of children, as well as instill … More »

golden dart frog sitting

Tales of the TailsPure Mint Gold

March 20, 2021 - There are more than 100 different species of poison dart frogs. These types of frogs didn’t earn their name from speed, but rather from traditional techniques used by native peoples who would rub their darts across the frogs to obtain … More »

zebu licking ice block

AnimealsSweet and Salty

March 17, 2021 - Clover is one of the Zoo’s two miniature zebu, a smaller breed of cattle. Recently, on March 11, Clover turned five years old! Chef Yohn decided to craft a spin on one of his favorite childhood frozen treats, the Screwball, … More »

New ArrivalsTwo New Otterly Adorable Additions

March 12, 2021 - The Virginia Zoo’s two newest additions are otterly adorable. Asian small-clawed otters Puba and Alana arrived last month as social companions as part of the Zoo’s Species Survival Plan. Female otter, Alana, was born in October 2018 at the Columbus … More »

AnimealsThe Chef’s Special

March 4, 2021 - Meet Chef Yohn, the Keeper who is primarily responsible for slicing, dicing, chopping and preparing the food for the Virginia Zoo’s animals, plus take a special tour of the Diet Kitchen in this special video edition of Animeals!

yellow-backed duiker walking

Tales of the TailsMellow Yellow

February 17, 2021 - What is a duiker? “Duiker” is most likely an unfamiliar term in your animal vocabulary but fear not, we can clarify what this animal is and even introduce you to one of the 22 different species, specifically the Yellow-backed duikers … More »