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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 »

YMCA & Virginia Zoo Swap Members for Second Year

July 29, 2020

The Virginia Zoo partners with both the YMCA of South Hampton Roads and the YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas to swap members during the month of August. More than 60,000 YMCA members will enjoy free, unlimited admission to the Virginia … More »

Early Birds Get the Worms

July 28, 2020

Mealworms. Worms for a meal. It’s as basic as it gets, but for many animals at the Virginia Zoo, these bugs are a delicacy and a main component of their diets. What exactly is a mealworm? It is the larval … More »

New Name, Who Dis?

July 22, 2020

Name: Yidaro, formerly Lord Fairfax Sex: Male Species: Alligator snapping turtle Age: Unknown Weight: 64.9 pounds Reason for Visit: Entrance Wellness Check If by some chance you missed the introduction of this international sensation, here’s the backstory. In May 2020, … More »

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