Zoo News

New Gray Wolf Exhibit

The Metro Richmond Zoo is thrilled to announce the opening of a new Gray wolf exhibit. The Gray wolf is native to North America and can live in a variety of habitats: forest, woodland, grassland, tundra, and arid locations. They are the largest member of the family Canidae. The Gray wolf is known for its

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Baby Pygmy Hippo

The Metro Richmond Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a female pygmy hippo. She was born on July 26th to parents Iris and Corwin. The baby is doing well and growing rapidly. This is the first pygmy hippo calf to be born at the Zoo and in Virginia. The pygmy hippo is a

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New Sloth Exhibit

The Metro Richmond Zoo is pleased to announce the opening of a new sloth exhibit. The new habitat, called Animals of the Amazon, features different species of animals native to the Amazon rainforest and other parts of South America. These species include: Two-toed sloth, Red-rumped agouti (a type of rodent), 2 species of tortoise, and

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New Otter Cove Exhibit Now Open!

The Metro Richmond Zoo is pleased to announce the opening of a new African Clawless otter exhibit. Otters have been a favorite at the Zoo for years, and now they have new and upgraded habitat. This exhibit, called Otter Cove, is more than 5 times the size of their previous home and it features a

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Celebrating 25 Years

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 home to 2,000 animals representing 190 species from around the world. The animals at the Zoo act

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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┬ásurvival, zoo staff elected to hand raise him. Make sure to meet Dublin on your next zoo visit!

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