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Welcome the First Zoo Baby of 2021

January 14, 2021

Virginia Zoo Keepers are delighted to welcome a newborn Masai giraffe calf born on January 11, 2021. At birth, the baby weighed 148.5 pounds, and stood 6’1” tall. This is the eighth calf for mom, Imara, and thirteenth for dad, … More »

New Bird is the Word

January 8, 2021

Visible from the boardwalk overlooking the tapir habitat is the Zoo’s Cinereous vulture exhibit where guests can once more see the Zoo’s conservation efforts at work through the Species Survival Plan. In September 2019, the Zoo’s two female vultures were … More »

sarus crane with grass background Singin’ in the Crane

January 5, 2021

Just as the actors in old-time movies often had to be what is called a triple threat – able to sing, act and dance – the sarus crane also does the same….in a similar way. The sarus crane is the … More »


December 21, 2020

Name: Olivia Sex: Female Species: Screaming hairy armadillo Age: 6 years, 3 months Weight: 968 g (2.13 lb) Reason for Visit: Full physical examination and second focused cardiology exam In October, Olivia visited the Animal Wellness Campus for a thorough … More »

Like Fine Swine

December 17, 2020

Just beyond the African Village Cafe at the Virginia Zoo, across from the vast exhibit where the Masai giraffes, Yellow-backed duikers, Southern ground hornbills and ostrich live, Zoo visitors are seeing red – no really, you can see a red-colored … More »

Female saki monkey sitting on a branch National Monkey Day

December 14, 2020

If there’s any day where monkeying around is encouraged, it’s today on National Monkey Day! The Virginia Zoo currently has two species of monkeys: Bolivian gray titi monkeys and white-faced saki monkeys. “But what about the ones in Asia who … More »

Vet inspects wing of vulture Meet the Zoo’s New Vet!

December 10, 2020

The Zoo welcomes Dr. Tara Reilly, the new Veterinarian at the Animal Wellness Campus. Q | Tell us a little about yourself. A | I was born and raised in Colorado where I did search and rescue, managed a ranch, … More »

pile of chopped lettuce, carrots, apples, sweet potato, peppers on green cutting board Don’t Feed Me

December 8, 2020

The Zoo has a set of important safety rules we ask each visitor to follow. These are for the safety of everyone; guests, staff and volunteers, and for our animals! One rule, in particular, is most important to the animals – not feeding them … More »

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