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Opposites Attract

October 11, 2019

In many languages, several words are often used interchangeably because they have identical or similar meanings: Fall and Autumn, dinner and supper, and smell and scent. But what about words that are mistakenly used interchangeably? At the Virginia Zoo, education … More »

Virginia Zoo Debuts Cell Phone Recycling Program

October 2, 2019

The Virginia Zoo wants your old smartphones, tablets, adapters and chargers as part of a new technology recycling initiative that will help to protect wildlife habitats. The Zoo is partnering with ECO-CELL, a family-owned business in Louisville, Kentucky, to recycle … More »

Rabbit Food

September 23, 2019

It’s International Rabbit Day and what better way to celebrate our hoppy friends than with a feast of their favorite things to munch on from Zoo Chef Yohn! Rabbits are considered herbivores, which means they only eat plants like grasses … More »


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 »

Red 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 »

Taking 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 »

The 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 »

Clever 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 »

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