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Animal HealthMeet the Patient: Amari

August 8, 2019 - Name: Amari Sex: Female Species: hedgehog Age: 3 years Weight: 342 g (.75 lb.) Reason for Visit: Echocardiogram to evaluate heart murmur heard during routine physical exam During a past routine visit to the Animal Wellness Campus, a defect was noticed … More »

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EcoChallengePlastic-Free Wrap

August 5, 2019 - As a conservation organization, it is our responsibility to help create a healthy, just and sustainable future for not only the human race, but for the flora and fauna that don’t have a voice. For the second year, Virginia Zoo … More »

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Brood ExpectationsScreaming Bundle of Joy

July 31, 2019 - When Keepers discover animals are breeding or expecting to become parents, preparations are made to help make the process as easy as possible for both the animals and the Keepers who will be involved in any care needed. A few … More »

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Member PerksMembers of the Quarter

July 30, 2019 - The Chao Family was the second lucky family to be randomly selected as our Members of the Quarter! Mom- Dana, Dad- Frederick, Daughter- Keira and Son- Kylar are new to the area and have the ‘Household Plus Membership.’ When the … More »

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Zoo Keeper Week2019 Zoo Keeper Olympics

July 26, 2019 - There’s no doubt that some of the requirements to be a Zoo Keeper include physical fitness and wit. It is mandatory for Keepers to be on their feet most of the day and they often have to do physically daunting … More »

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Zoo Keeper WeekKeeper Confidential | Dennis

July 25, 2019 - We’re half way through National Keeper Week, but still celebrating! Our Keepers spend most of their time with the animals or talking about the animals with visitors, so our Keeper Confidential blogs are a great way for our Zoo Fans … More »

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Zoo Keeper WeekKeeper Confidential | Hailey

July 24, 2019 - What does a typical day look like for a Zoo Keeper? They start off their shift early – picking up poop, cleaning water bowls, spraying down exhibits, checking fences, gates and locks, and then they have to get meals ready … More »

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Zoo Keeper WeekKeeper Confidential | John

July 23, 2019 - In celebration of National Zoo Keeper Week, here’s another opportunity to meet one of our awesome animal care staff. Meet John. Zoo Keeper, Herpetology (Reptile + Amphibian) Q1. Why did you choose to become a Zoo Keeper? A1. I wanted to … More »