AnimealsWe Have a One Year Old on Our Hands

January 20, 2021 - On Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2020, the Zoo’s first-ever Malayan tapir calf was born to mom Haddie and dad Rosco. Keepers gave this male cutie the name Luther after the special holiday he was born on, and Luther … More »

New ArrivalsWelcome the First Zoo Baby of 2021

January 14, 2021 - Virginia Zoo Keepers are delighted to welcome a newborn Masai giraffe calf born on January 11, 2021. At birth, the baby weighed 148.5 pounds, and stood 6’1” tall. This is the eighth calf for mom, Imara, and thirteenth for dad, … More »

New ArrivalsNew Bird is the Word

January 8, 2021 - Visible from the boardwalk overlooking the tapir habitat is the Zoo’s Cinereous vulture exhibit where guests can once more see the Zoo’s conservation efforts at work through the Species Survival Plan. In September 2019, the Zoo’s two female vultures were … More »

sarus crane with grass background

Tales of the TailsSingin’ in the Crane

January 5, 2021 - Just as the actors in old-time movies often had to be what is called a triple threat – able to sing, act and dance – the sarus crane also does the same….in a similar way. The sarus crane is the … More »

Meet the PatientCase-a-Dillo

December 21, 2020 - Name: Olivia Sex: Female Species: Screaming hairy armadillo Age: 6 years, 3 months Weight: 968 g (2.13 lb) Reason for Visit: Full physical examination and second focused cardiology exam In October, Olivia visited the Animal Wellness Campus for a thorough … More »

Tales of the TailsLike Fine Swine

December 17, 2020 - Just beyond the African Village Cafe at the Virginia Zoo, across from the vast exhibit where the Masai giraffes, Yellow-backed duikers, Southern ground hornbills and ostrich live, Zoo visitors are seeing red – no really, you can see a red-colored … More »

Female saki monkey sitting on a branch

Animal Holidays National Monkey Day

December 14, 2020 - If there’s any day where monkeying around is encouraged, it’s today on National Monkey Day! The Virginia Zoo currently has two species of monkeys: Bolivian gray titi monkeys and white-faced saki monkeys. “But what about the ones in Asia who … More »

Vet inspects wing of vulture

Zoo StaffMeet the Zoo’s New Vet!

December 10, 2020 - The Zoo welcomes Dr. Tara Reilly, the new Veterinarian at the Animal Wellness Campus. Q | Tell us a little about yourself. A | I was born and raised in Colorado where I did search and rescue, managed a ranch, … More »