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Celebrating 25 Years

The Zoo is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are still celebrating our anniversary. Twenty five years ago, the Metro Richmond Zoo opened to the public on April 22, 1995, with 250 animals. The Zoo has experienced tremendous growth over the years. Currently, the Zoo is situated on 150 acres and is

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Septuplet Cheetah Cubs Born

The Metro Richmond Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of 7 cheetah cubs! Vaila, a second time mother, gave birth to septuplets on November 30, 2018! This is a very special birth to us because not only is it a big boost for Cheetah conservation by increasing the captive population, but also a cheetah

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White Lion Cubs Now On Exhibit

The Metro Richmond Zoo is excited to announce our 3 White lion cubs are now on exhibit! Xonga gave birth to 3 cubs on April 2nd, 2018 after a 110 day gestation period. There are 2 females and 1 male. The cubs initially spent two months inside their private den with Xonga. This allowed time

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Pygmy Hippo Exhibit Now Open

The Metro Richmond Zoo is pleased to announce the opening of our new Pygmy hippo exhibit. The Pygmy hippopotamus is a rare species native to swamps and rivers in forested areas of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast. They are highly endangered, with only 3,000 individuals remaining in the wild. At the Zoo,

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3 White Lions Cubs

The Metro Richmond Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of 3 White lion cubs born to parents, Xonga and Basa, on April 2nd, 2018. After a 110 day gestation period, Xonga, a 3 year old, first time mother, gave birth to 1 male and 2 female cubs. Xonga has shown excellent maternal care for

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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. 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

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ZAA Excellence in Breeding Award

The Metro Richmond Zoo is the recipient of the 2017 ZAA Excellence in Breeding award for our work in cheetah conservation! In 4 years, we have had 40 cheetah cubs born. Thank you for the recognition, Zoological Association of America. Read more about our highly successful cheetah conservation program. 

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Cheetah Cubs born July 20th, 2017

The Metro Richmond Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of 4 cheetah cubs to parents, Khari and Hatari. This is Khari’s 2nd  litter, Hatari’s 4th litter, and the Zoo’s 8th litter of cheetah cubs. Khari gave birth to 2 females and 2 males on July 20th, 2017 after a 3 month gestation. These are

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Remembering Pawl

The Metro Richmond Zoo mourns the loss of Pawl, one of our male lions. He was nearly 21 years old. Pawl came to the Metro Richmond Zoo in 2000 and was a favorite among zoo staff and visitors. He truly was the king of the Zoo as his majestic roar could be heard from all

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