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Your Guide to Getting Back Outside

September 17, 2020

In the last decade, the eco-tourism industry has seen an unprecedented spike in the number of people traveling to parks, beaches, attractions and more. In 2016, the National Parks Service recorded an estimated 330 million visitors to its parks, museums … More »

Hooked on Hornbills

September 10, 2020

The rhinoceros hornbill. No, it’s not the mammal you are familiar with, but instead another kind of gentle giant and one that is rarely seen in the wild. Once you do lay eyes upon them, you’ll see exactly why the … More »

Free Educational Programming to Eligible Schools this Fall

August 31, 2020

Virginia Zoo virtual school programs offer memorable, fun and a highly educational way to learn about animals and conservation – and now Title 1 and Norfolk Public Schools are eligible to virtually attend a new “Career Chat and Q&A Session”. … More »

Watusi is What You Get

August 18, 2020

You may already be aware of our Dexter cows that live in the ZooFarm, but did you know the Virginia Zoo is also home to another herd of domestic cattle – one that is native to Africa? Let’s moove right … More »

A Fig Meal for a Big Lizard

August 15, 2020

This birthday Animeals was a fig deal for our Gray’s monitor, who turns five years old today! Watch as she navigates around her exhibit to retrieve some sweet treats from Zoo Keeper Darcy. Interested in learning more about our Gray’s … More »

Saving the Kings and Queens of the Jungle

August 10, 2020

Of all the cat species in the world, lions probably best embody the idea of “teamwork makes the dream work!” Most felines are solitary, often territorial animals who are experts at hunting and surviving on their own. But, as most … More »

Annual Calendar Contest Is Challenge for All Ages

August 3, 2020

Norfolk, Va. – The Virginia Zoo wants to see your best “zoo at home” in a new contest they are launching for its annual calendar. In previous years, the Zoo featured 12 images from local and regional photographers, but this … More »

Pandemic and Heat Wave Causes Zoo to Alter Operations

July 31, 2020

The Zoo has seen many visitors since its reopening in late June, however attendance numbers have started to decrease as COVID cases and temperatures increase in Hampton Roads. The Zoo will adapt new operating procedures Saturday, August 1, 2020. “We … More »

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