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Bactrian Camel Born

Meet Dublin, a male Bactrian camel calf! He is the newest resident of the Zoo’s barnyard. Dublin was born on March 7. Shortly after birth, his mother showed signs of aggression towards him. In order to ensure his survival, zoo staff elected to hand raise him.

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Make sure to meet Dublin on your next zoo visit!

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Baird’s tapir born December 25th, 2017

The Metro Richmond Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a female Baird’s tapir. Navi was born on December 25th, 2017 to parents, Tupelo and Chac. Mom and baby are in great health.

This is the first Baird’s tapir birth for the MRZ. Tupelo and Chac were recommended to breed by the AZA SSP for Baird’s tapirs. Tupelo and her calf are currently inside their indoor shelter until the warmer weather arrives. This allows for Tupelo and Navi to stay warm and spend time forming a strong bond.

The Baird’s tapir is an endangered species native to Central America. The tapir’s nose and upper lip combine into a prehensile snout that can move in all directions. The tapir’s gestation is around 400 days.

In recent years, the majority of calves born in zoos have been male. The arrival of Navi will be a great addition to the captive tapir population.



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Serval Kittens Born – July 16th

The Metro Richmond Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of three servals. After a 74 day gestation period, Zola, a 3 year old female serval, gave birth to three kittens on July 16th. There is one male and two females. The father is Zemba. Zola and her three kittens are all doing well and are on exhibit now.



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Two Dromedary Camel Calves Born

The Metro Richmond Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of  two Dromedary camels. On May 12th, Kya, a 7 year old camel, gave birth to a healthy female calf. The baby is nursing from mom, and they are bonding well. Both Kya and baby are on exhibit everyday.

On June 27th, a second Dromedary camel was born at the Zoo to parents, Mindy and Walter. He is doing great, and getting along with the rest of the herd.

Our camel calves are only one month apart and are the best of friends. 


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Pygmy Hippo Exhibit Now Open!

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