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Meet the PatientsNo Scaling Back for These Exams

December 2, 2020 - From gathering physiological data such as body weight, complete blood counts and biochemistry profiles to conducting advanced diagnostic imaging such as radiographs (x-rays) or ultrasounds, every animal at the Zoo undergoes routine veterinary visits for wellness examinations. Just as the … More »

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AnimealsSeason’s Feedings 2020

November 23, 2020 - Did someone order mistletoe, pies and cornucopias? Chef Yohn has been busy in his own kitchen as well as the Zoo’s Diet Kitchen in preparation for Thanksgiving this week! At home, like most of us, he will likely be enjoying … More »

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Support the ZooZoo’s Virtual Auction Offers Rare and Exclusive Opportunities

November 9, 2020 - November is here, the holidays are right around the corner, and it’s a puuurfect time to start your shopping with the Virginia Zoo’s Virtual Auction. The Zoo’s first-ever virtual auction contains two dozen works of art and experiences that are unique … More »

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Tales of the TailsThe National Mammal

November 7, 2020 - If you think of the largest mammal in the United States, what would come to mind first, a moose? A bear? What about a bison? Bison are the largest mammals in North America (and now the official National Mammal!) but … More »

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Tales of the TailsOn the Web

October 22, 2020 - A predator that weighs up to only six ounces may not sound that intimidating until you realize the creature is considered a king among other animals of its kind. Add on eight legs and many people would immediately get chills. … More »

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ZooBoo 2020Spooky and Safe Halloween Fun

October 19, 2020 - Zooboo is back! This Halloween tradition can’t be stopped, but it will certainly look a little different. Read on to get a few tips and tricks to have a most treatful time at ZooBoo! The basics ZooBoo is Saturday, October … More »

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National Vet Tech Week Technically Amazing

October 12, 2020 - At the Virginia Zoo, our veterinary technicians are a critical part of our veterinary care. Meet Leah Rooker and Danielle Painter, the Zoo’s only vet techs who work tirelessly to provide exceptional care for the more than 700 animals at … More »

From the Zoo BlogJoin the Zoo and Turnip the Competition

October 6, 2020 - The Virginia Zoo and Gunston Hall are taking part in a “Sprout Bout” — a turnip-growing competition. Over the next two months, the cultural institutions will see who can grow the largest turnip and will track their progress on Instagram … More »