On the BlogAll in the Family

November 14, 2019 - Have you or has someone you know sent off a sample of DNA to track down your family history? The goal is to figure out your lineage – who’s related to who and how. The results come back in a … More »

AnimealsBrowse for the Bison

November 7, 2019 - National Bison Day is an annual holiday to honor the nation’s largest land mammal, a species that has quite the history. In the 1800s, there were more than 30 million bison across the country, but less than 100 years ago, … More »

Conservation at HomeThe Butterfly Effect

October 31, 2019 - When Zoo staff clock out for the day, you may assume that their duties are complete, but for two Zoo employees, Kylie Wash and Tara Baumgardner, this isn’t the case. Their passion for animals is carried off Zoo grounds, but … More »

Tales of the TailsFeeling Cheeky

October 24, 2019 - White-cheeked gibbons are lesser apes, not monkeys; lesser apes differ from great apes such as orangutans and gorillas in that they are smaller, lack sexual dimorphisim and do not build nests. These gibbons have some unique facts about them that … More »


October 18, 2019 - For International Sloth Day this year there are no tricks, just treats. So we’re making something neat and giving the sloths something good to eat! We’re back in the Diet Kitchen with Chef Yohn to prepare a Halloween-inspired treat for … More »

What's the difference?Opposites Attract

October 11, 2019 - In many languages, several words are often used interchangeably because they have identical or similar meanings: Fall and Autumn, dinner and supper, and smell and scent. But what about words that are mistakenly used interchangeably? At the Virginia Zoo, education … More »

ECO-CELLVirginia Zoo Debuts Cell Phone Recycling Program

October 2, 2019 - The Virginia Zoo wants your old smartphones, tablets, adapters and chargers as part of a new technology recycling initiative that will help to protect wildlife habitats. The Zoo is partnering with ECO-CELL, a family-owned business in Louisville, Kentucky, to recycle … More »

AnimealsRabbit Food

September 23, 2019 - It’s International Rabbit Day and what better way to celebrate our hoppy friends than with a feast of their favorite things to munch on from Zoo Chef Yohn! Rabbits are considered herbivores, which means they only eat plants like grasses … More »