Keeper Connections

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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National Zoo Keeper Week!

July 19th to the 25th is National Zoo Keeper Week. The Metro Richmond Zoo appreciates our zoo keepers for their hard work in animal care, conservation, and education. We are extremely grateful for our dedicated staff. Our Zoo Keepers monitor over 2,000 animals at the Zoo. We give professional care to all of our animals, no

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Baby Orangutan on Exhibit

The Metro Richmond Zoo welcomes RJ, a male orangutan born earlier this year to parents Tasha and Rory. RJ, named after his father, weighed approximately 4 pounds at birth, a healthy normal weight. During the cooler months, Tasha and RJ spent their time in their indoor enclosure. Since the weather has been warmer, RJ has become more

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New Cheetah Births!

The Metro Richmond Zoo is excited to announce the birth of 2 more litters of cheetah cubs. Lana and Kitu, who sired our famous first litter of 5 cubs Amelia, Hanna, Richie, Chester and Rico, recently  gave birth  to six more cubs, 2 males and 4 females on April 29,2015. The birth of six cubs

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Photos: Milani and Cubs on Exhibit

Here are the most recent photos taken of Milani, Neema, Naya, and Hasani on exhibit at the Zoo.  

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Celebrating 20 Years!

HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY, METRO RICHMOND ZOO! Twenty years ago, the Metro Richmond Zoo opened to the general public on April 22, 1995. Here is a timeline of our growth in 20 years: -1995: Zoo opens with 250 animals covering 30 acres of land. -1996: Jack is the Zoo’s first white rhino. Levi and Zach, cheetah

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