Miracle of Christmas Returns With New Lights and a Reconstructed Set

Miracle of Christmas Returns With New Lights and a Reconstructed Set

The show must go on! One of Richmond’s favorite holiday events, The Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo, is back for its 21st season. This year, the nativity will feature new lights and a reconstructed stage and set. In June, the zoo suffered a serious fire...
New Zookeeper Building Reopens

New Zookeeper Building Reopens

We celebrated a huge milestone this week! Our new zookeeper service building reopened!! This includes a food prep room, breakroom, restroom, laundry, and feed storage area. The new facilities are more than twice as large and are better equipped to handle the needs of...
New Documentary About the Zoo Fire Released

New Documentary About the Zoo Fire Released

It’s been four months since a serious fire occurred in behind-the-scenes areas of the zoo. This new documentary tells the story of what happened that night and sheds light on the heroic acts of firefighters, emergency personnel, and zoo staff. We hope you enjoy...
Reticulated Giraffe Born August 2

Reticulated Giraffe Born August 2

The Metro Richmond Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a male Reticulated giraffe. He was born to parents Iris and Wakati on August 2, 2023, after a 15 month gestation. This is the first giraffe calf born at the zoo in nearly 4 years. The unnamed calf is anything...
World’s Oldest African Penguin Dies at Age 43

World’s Oldest African Penguin Dies at Age 43

The Metro Richmond Zoo is saddened to report the passing of ET, an African penguin. She died peacefully on Saturday, June 17 from natural causes. She was 43 years old. In the wild, the average lifespan of African penguins is around 15-20 years, so ET lived an...