Keeper Connections

New Animal Exhibits for 2017

The Metro Richmond Zoo is always seeking new and exciting ways to expand and renovate our park! We are thrilled to unveil our big plans for 2017. New Animal Exhibits Pygmy Hippo  The pygmy hippopotamus is native to the forests and swamps of West Africa, mainly Liberia. It is an endangered species with only an

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New Animal Nursery Now Open!

The Metro Richmond Zoo is excited to announce the opening of our new animal nursery!! Located next to the reptile house and meerkats, the animal nursery is where we will exhibit animal babies that our staff is hand raising due to parental neglect or health issues.           The first resident of

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First Litter of Snow Leopard Cubs

We are excited to announce the arrival of two snow leopard cubs born to Elsa and Nitro on May 24th, 2016 after a three month gestation. There is one male and one female. First time mother, Elsa, is two years old. First time father, Nitro, is three years old. Elsa’s maternal instincts have kicked in

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Kumbali & Kago 1st Birthday

Kumbali and Kago celebrated their first birthday on May 12, 2016. Zoo staff gave them two birthday presents. Each box contained an ice block with meat frozen inside. The boys enjoyed ripping off the wrapping paper and eating their frozen treats.

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13 New Cheetah Cubs!

The Metro Richmond Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of 13 new cheetah cubs! On March 21, 2016, Milani, a second time mom, gave birth to 3 cubs (2 males and 1 female) sired by Hatari. On April 1, 2016 Vaila, a first time mom, gave birth to 7 cubs (this number only happens

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Cheetah Cub Genders

Who’s who is each litter?  Zoo staff shaves a small part of fur on each cub for quick identification. Milani Right Front: Male Right Rear: Male Left Front: Female Vaila Left Front: Female Left Rear: Female Right Front: Male Right Rear: Male B/w Shoulder Blades: Female Wiay Right Front: Male Right Rear: Male Left Front:

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Kumbali and Kago’s First Snow

  Kumbali and Kago, now 8 months old, got to play in the snow for the first time during Winter Storm Jonas. While the Zoo was closed, one of our zookeepers let the best friends run and explore in a large enclosed field covered with 7 inches of snow. Their reaction to the white fluff

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Snowstorm at the Zoo

Winter Storm Jonas dumped around twelve + inches of snow at the Zoo grounds on January 22 and 23, 2016. Zoo staff worked hard to prepare for the snow storm.  As always, all of our animals have access to heated barns or shelters as necessary. However, due to the extremely cold temperatures and snow, we

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Kumbali and Kago, Cheetah Cub and Puppy Friendship

Watch this YouTube video of Kumbali and his puppy friend, Kago.   Well, let us tell you more of their story. But first, a little background information. Kumbali is the son of Khari and Hatari. When he was two weeks old, animal caretakers at the MRZ noticed that he wasn’t gaining weight. In fact, he was losing weight,

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Cameras around the zoo

The Metro Richmond Zoo always strives to provide a unique and unforgettable experience for people by having positive up close and personal interactions with animals.  With the establishment of a very successful cheetah breeding program, we have used this as an opportunity to encourage cheetah conservation by streaming live footage of cheetah liters online. This

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