Tales of the TailsPandamonium

September 20, 2019 - For the past four years, hundreds of images have been submitted by amateur and professional Zoo Fan photographers for consideration in the Zoo’s annual calendar. As staff rummage through every photo, a pattern has emerged with many spectacular images of … More »

ZoobornsRed Panda Triplets Have Names

September 16, 2019 - Males, Piercy and Lino (pronounced Leeno) and female, Chris-Anne, are the official names for the Virginia Zoo’s three red panda cubs born this summer. The Zoo launched an auction for the naming rights of the three new red panda cubs, … More »

Meet the PatientTaking Extra Precautions

September 12, 2019 - Sex: Female Species: Ethiopian mountain adder Age: 3 years Weight: 465 g (1 lb.) Reason for Visit: Wellness exam   When conducting routine physical exams on any animal at the zoo, veterinary staff know the proper precautions to take to promote … More »

On GroundsThe Nest Big Thing

September 10, 2019 - When you see a wasp or hornet nest near your home, your first instinct may be to call in pest control to get rid of the nest, but at the Zoo we often like to leave these nests alone, as … More »

Tricks of the TradeClever Cat

August 27, 2019 - As you may know, the animals at the Zoo all have some form of training. Training is beneficial for multiple reasons, including being mentally and physically stimulating for the animals, plus it often makes Keepers’ jobs easier when it comes … More »

Tales of the TailsThey’re the G.O.A.T.

August 21, 2019 - If you follow us on social media, specifically Instagram, you’ll know that we’ve spiced up Tuesdays by introducing you to a different member of the Zoo’s troop of Nigerian dwarf goats every week. While our Zoo Fans seem to enjoy … More »

person with blue gloves holds screaming red panda cub in hands

Animal ArrivalsThrice the Cuteness

August 19, 2019 - The Virginia Zoo welcomed three red panda cubs to mom, three-year-old Masu and dad, four-year-old Timur. The cubs, two males and one female, were born off-exhibit at the Zoo’s Animal Wellness Campus on June 18. Red panda cubs weigh approximately … More »

AnimealsYou Jelly?

August 15, 2019 - When it comes to animal diets, choosing the right nutrients can be tricky. At the Virginia Zoo, we mimic each species’ natural diet as best as possible, supplementing various ingredients to ensure the animals get all of the fruits, veggies, … More »