Zoo Tales

As the school year begins to peek its head around the corner, the Virginia Zoo has a fun, unique way of preparing your kids to get back into the swing of things.

Come join us for Zoo Tales!

Zoo Tales is a great way to get your kids wrapped up in the riveting world of books. Zoo Tales is held every Tuesday in the month of August at 11 am. It is a fun, interactive event focused on preschool to elementary aged children. Each week a different book will be read to educate and entertain your children on all the different animals that the Virginia Zoo has to offer. During some of our tales an animal ambassador will be present to further educate your children on the particular animal of the day.

Zoo Tales location varies throughout the Zoo but when you enter the zoo that day you will be instructed on its location. Zoo Tales is included with the price of admission and for members, it is free.

Books being read:


Little Skinks Tail, Janet Halfman – After losing her beautiful blue tail on the hunt for food, Little Skinks realizes she can’t live without it. Follow alongside Little Skink as she hunts for the perfect tail to replace her old one.

Tails, Matthew Van Fleet


Parrot Tico Tango, Anna Witte – Parrot Tico Tango wants everything his rainforest friends has, which is why he can’t resists stealing their fruit from them. He quickly learns his lesson after being caught slithering away. His friends decide to forgive him, but only on one condition, the tango. Can Tico tango his way out of his mess?

In the Small, Small Pond, Denise Fleming


The Rat and The Tiger, Keiko Kasza – Rat and Tiger are best friends that do pretty much everything together. But with everything they do the Rat always get the short end of the stick. Until one day The Rat stands up for himself and decides that if The Tiger can’t treat him fairly then they can’t be friends. Will The Tiger learn the importance of treating friends fairly in order to save his friendship with The Rat or will he loose The Rat as a friend forever?

Forget Me Not Beautiful Buttercup, Michael Broad


Hare and Tortoise Race to the Moon, Oliver J. Corwin – Retelling the classic Tortoise and the Hare Race by Aesop. We follow the old rivals again as they race to the moon, to see who will come out on top this time around. We all know the old saying “slow and steady wins the race” but is it enough to win this race?

Move!, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page


Introducing Zoo Tales weekend edition. For this month only the Virginia Zoo will hold Zoo Tales for two weekends of the month, so if you missed us during the week, here’s your chance to be a part of such a great time. Or, if you loved it so much on Tuesday you couldn’t resist coming out again, either way, we’d love to have you.

Books being read:


Giraffes Can’t Dance, Giles Andreae

Forget Me Not – Friendship Blossoms, Michael Broad


Give Up, Gecko!, Margaret Read MacDonald

Diary of a Wombat, Jackie French