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Zoo OperationsZoo’s Emergency Fund reaches $100k and now donations are doubled

July 6, 2020 - Since the Virginia Zoo launched its Emergency Operating Fund in April, nearly 1,000 donors have contributed $117,000. And now a generous donor has pledged to meet any new donations since May 20th, dollar for dollar, to reach an additional $100,000 … More »

National Pollinators WeekUnique Pollinators

June 26, 2020 - Happy Pollinator Week! This week, we celebrate all those animals who provide some amazing ecosystem services by acting as pollinators! When you think of a pollinator, what do you picture in your head? A beautiful butterfly? A buzzing bee? Maybe … More »

Reopening ScheduledVirginia Zoo Sets Reopening Date of June 25

June 9, 2020 - After more than three months of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Zoo will reopen its gates to the public on June 25, 2020, with some modifications and a new schedule. “The staff and animals have missed … More »

Tales of the TailsWelcome to the Subbergs

June 8, 2020 - Today is World Oceans Day! While the Virginia Zoo doesn’t have as many aquatic animals as our friends over at the Virginia Aquarium, there is one species currently (pun intended) found swimming on Zoo grounds. On land at the Zoo, … More »

ExhibitsAnniversary of the World of Reptiles

June 4, 2020 - Despite the Zoo closing in mid-March due to the pandemic, big things have still been happening. We’re making plans for an official reopening, the Zoo’s Emergency Operations Fund has reached more than $50,000 in donations from our community and we’ve … More »

Baby AnimalsName Our New Baby Giraffe

June 1, 2020 - The Virginia Zoo welcomed a Masai giraffe calf on May 26, 2020. At birth, the baby weighed 146 pounds, and stood about six feet tall. Mom, Noelle, is an attentive parent and the calf is nursing regularly and the two … More »

AnimealsPepper’s Party Pastries

May 28, 2020 - No birthday at the Zoo goes unnoticed by Chef Yohn, and Pepper the orangutan’s 40th birthday was no exception. Even though Zoo Fans had to celebrate virtually with Pepper and her best friend Schnitz this year, Chef Yohn, Sous Chef … More »

Tales of the TailsCheck Out These Rad Tortoises

May 21, 2020 - One of the most easily recognized types of animals in the world is a turtle or tortoise. These reptiles are easy to identify by almost anyone thanks to one physical feature – the shell. Before we fully break out of … More »