Zoo UpdatesPandemic and Heat Wave Causes Zoo to Alter Operations

July 31, 2020 - The Zoo has seen many visitors since its reopening in late June, however attendance numbers have started to decrease as COVID cases and temperatures increase in Hampton Roads. The Zoo will adapt new operating procedures Saturday, August 1, 2020. “We … More »

Member PerksYMCA & Virginia Zoo Swap Members for Second Year

July 29, 2020 - The Virginia Zoo partners with both the YMCA of South Hampton Roads and the YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas to swap members during the month of August. More than 60,000 YMCA members will enjoy free, unlimited admission to the Virginia … More »

AnimealsEarly Birds Get the Worms

July 28, 2020 - Mealworms. Worms for a meal. It’s as basic as it gets, but for many animals at the Virginia Zoo, these bugs are a delicacy and a main component of their diets. What exactly is a mealworm? It is the larval … More »

Meet the PatientNew Name, Who Dis?

July 22, 2020 - Name: Yidaro, formerly Lord Fairfax Sex: Male Species: Alligator snapping turtle Age: Unknown Weight: 64.9 pounds Reason for Visit: Entrance Wellness Check If by some chance you missed the introduction of this international sensation, here’s the backstory. In May 2020, … More »

Tales of the TailsHer Majesty, the King

July 16, 2020 - There are more than 3,000 species of snake spread out across every continent except Antarctica, and of those thousands, only a fraction are venomous. Out of more than approximately 600 venomous snake species can stand only one king – and … More »

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 »