Zoo Vet examines a binturong with a stethoscope

Meet the PatientTasik’s Treatment Plan

February 5, 2021 - Zoo Keepers have many responsibilities – feeding the animals, providing enrichment opportunities, cleaning, performing exhibit maintenance, inspiring guests, cultivating future conservationists, training the animals and making sure exhibits are safe and secure. However, Keepers also have another very important task: … More »

Tapir investigates large ball in exhibit

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 »

close up of newborn giraffe calf

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 »

Cinereous vulture in habitat at zoo

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 »