Tales of the TailsWelcome to the Subbergs

June 8, 2020 - Today is World Oceans Day! While the Virginia Zoo doesn’t have as many aquatic animals as our friends over at the Virginia Aquarium, there is one species currently (pun intended) found swimming on Zoo grounds. On land at the Zoo, … More »

ExhibitsAnniversary of the World of Reptiles

June 4, 2020 - Despite the Zoo closing in mid-March due to the pandemic, big things have still been happening. We’re making plans for an official reopening, the Zoo’s Emergency Operations Fund has reached more than $50,000 in donations from our community and we’ve … More »

Baby AnimalsName Our New Baby Giraffe

June 1, 2020 - The Virginia Zoo welcomed a Masai giraffe calf on May 26, 2020. At birth, the baby weighed 146 pounds, and stood about six feet tall. Mom, Noelle, is an attentive parent and the calf is nursing regularly and the two … More »

AnimealsPepper’s Party Pastries

May 28, 2020 - No birthday at the Zoo goes unnoticed by Chef Yohn, and Pepper the orangutan’s 40th birthday was no exception. Even though Zoo Fans had to celebrate virtually with Pepper and her best friend Schnitz this year, Chef Yohn, Sous Chef … More »

Tales of the TailsCheck Out These Rad Tortoises

May 21, 2020 - One of the most easily recognized types of animals in the world is a turtle or tortoise. These reptiles are easy to identify by almost anyone thanks to one physical feature – the shell. Before we fully break out of … More »

On the BlogZoo Saddened by Loss of Lioness

May 20, 2020 - The Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the loss of our matriarch lioness, Zola. An older lion, at almost 16 years old, Zola was a longtime beloved member of our Zoo family. A little over three weeks ago, Zola’s appetite … More »

Meet the PatientSawyer Sees the Vet

May 14, 2020 - Name: Sawyer Species: Asian small-clawed otter Age: 11 yr 6 mo (DOB 10/24/08) Weight: 3.1kg Reason for visit: dental exam, abdominal ultrasound Asian small clawed otters under human care are prone to kidney stones. At this time, it is unknown … More »

Baby NewsSecond Bongo Baby of the Year

May 4, 2020 - The Zoo welcomes another baby bongo! The male calf was born April 18 at 1:44 am to mom, Juni and dad, Bob. This is the ninth offspring for Juni and eighth for Bob. Keeping in the Zoo’s bongo-naming tradition, the calf is named after … More »