Tales of the TailsBirds of a Feather

April 12, 2019 - Several of the Virginia Zoo’s Africa Okavango exhibits are unique in that animals representing multiple species often live with each other, just as they could be found in the wild. The giraffe yard is no exception, with four different species … More »

Baby AnimalsBabies Big and Small Born at the Zoo

April 9, 2019 -  The Zoo is kicking off Spring with two new babies – a bongo calf and porcupette were recently born and can soon been seen on exhibit. A crested porcupine baby, called a porcupette, was born to parents Wilma and Flapjack … More »

Zoo HorticultureEvery Rose Has its Thorns

April 4, 2019 - The Zoo’s Rose Garden is undergoing a renovation that entails removing all roses from the location. This garden has been plagued with Rose rosette disease (Emaravirus sp.) also known as witches’ broom of rose, a virus transmitted by an eriophyid mite … More »

Zoo Gift ShopConservation-Savvy Gift Shop Purchases

April 2, 2019 - No trip to the Zoo is complete without visiting the Gift Shop and picking out a souvenir to take home. Whether you’re more into something you can wear, such as a t-shirt, jacket or hat, something you can carry out … More »

ANIMEALSNot your tyPIGal meal

March 27, 2019 - Oboi, the Zoo’s red river hog turns 12 today! In honor his birthday and St. Patrick’s Day, the chefs at the Diet Kitchen were inspired to make Green Eggs and Ham. We know what you’re thinking, isn’t it weird to … More »

Skull LabA Bone to Pick

March 21, 2019 - Scientists use many types of clues to study and understand different environments, especially the types of animals that live in certain ecosystems. Clues can include scat or poop, footprints, hair and even markings on the ground, such as broken logs … More »

ClimatesWelcome to the Jungle

March 20, 2019 - There’s a famous song, “Welcome to the jungle, it has tons of rain”, or at least that’s what the lyrics should have said! Jungle is a nickname for rainforest, which is a type of biome that is hot, humid, has … More »

EdZOOcation SeriesWildest Days at the Zoo in 2019

March 13, 2019 - Our EdZOOcation and Animal Appreciation Days are back again by popular demand! More than 12,600 people of all ages came to last year’s events, and 64 Zoodoptions were also purchased, contributing approximately $2,500 to various conservation organizations the Zoo partners … More »