Zoo UpdatesZoo Mourns Loss of Pair of Otters

October 2, 2020 - The Virginia Zoo is sad to announce the loss of our male otter, Sawyer and his mate, Merrill. On average, Asian small-clawed otters live to 12 years, but Merrill surpassed that by several years and was an impressive 15-years-old, while … More »

Eco-tourism TipsYour Guide to Getting Back Outside

September 17, 2020 - In the last decade, the eco-tourism industry has seen an unprecedented spike in the number of people traveling to parks, beaches, attractions and more. In 2016, the National Parks Service recorded an estimated 330 million visitors to its parks, museums … More »

Tales of the TailsHooked on Hornbills

September 10, 2020 - The rhinoceros hornbill. No, it’s not the mammal you are familiar with, but instead another kind of gentle giant and one that is rarely seen in the wild. Once you do lay eyes upon them, you’ll see exactly why the … More »

EdZoocationFree Educational Programming to Eligible Schools this Fall

August 31, 2020 - Virginia Zoo virtual school programs offer memorable, fun and a highly educational way to learn about animals and conservation – and now Title 1 and Norfolk Public Schools are eligible to virtually attend a new “Career Chat and Q&A Session”. … More »

Tales of the TailsWatusi is What You Get

August 18, 2020 - You may already be aware of our Dexter cows that live in the ZooFarm, but did you know the Virginia Zoo is also home to another herd of domestic cattle – one that is native to Africa? Let’s moove right … More »

AnimealsA Fig Meal for a Big Lizard

August 15, 2020 - This birthday Animeals was a fig deal for our Gray’s monitor, who turns five years old today! Watch as she navigates around her exhibit to retrieve some sweet treats from Zoo Keeper Darcy. Interested in learning more about our Gray’s … More »

World Lion DaySaving the Kings and Queens of the Jungle

August 10, 2020 - Of all the cat species in the world, lions probably best embody the idea of “teamwork makes the dream work!” Most felines are solitary, often territorial animals who are experts at hunting and surviving on their own. But, as most … More »

Fun for the FamilyAnnual Calendar Contest Is Challenge for All Ages

August 3, 2020 - Norfolk, Va. – The Virginia Zoo wants to see your best “zoo at home” in a new contest they are launching for its annual calendar. In previous years, the Zoo featured 12 images from local and regional photographers, but this … More »