Newsroom - Metro Richmond Zoo


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Welcome to the Metro Richmond Zoo’s newsroom. Here you will find copies of the zoo’s latest press releases and other announcements in a blog format. 

Media Resources

If you are a member of the media please contact Taylor, our Communications Manager at for the following needs:

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The zoo sends press releases to the media whenever we have significant announcements about animal births, new exhibits, or other exciting updates. You can read them below.

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Snow Leopard Cub Born August 5

Snow Leopard Cub Born August 5

The Metro Richmond Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a female Snow leopard named Alakhai. She was born to parents Elsa and Nitro on August 5, 2022, after a 3 month gestation period. Alakhai was born inside a private den where she spent the first few months of...

Cheetah Boom: 19 Cheetah Cubs Born in 2022

Cheetah Boom: 19 Cheetah Cubs Born in 2022

The Metro Richmond Zoo is proud to report a successful year for cheetah conservation. In 2022, 19 cheetah cubs from 6 different litters have been born at the zoo so far. This is the greatest number of cubs born in a single year in the zoo’s history. The 19 cubs were...

Metro Richmond Zoo Now Included In National Geographic’s Photo Ark

Metro Richmond Zoo Now Included In National Geographic’s Photo Ark

In August 2021, Joel Sartore of the National Geographic Photo Ark visited the Metro Richmond Zoo to photograph two species missing in the Photo Ark: the African clawless otter and the Canebrake rattlesnake. A year later, we have received the official portraits, and we...

Chimpanzee Root Canal

Chimpanzee Root Canal

On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, the Metro Richmond Zoo performed a root canal on Kip, a twenty year old, 165 pound, male chimpanzee. Earlier, zookeepers noticed Kip had swelling on the right side of his face. The zoo’s vet team examined Kip’s mouth, discovered his...

Three New Cheetah Litters

Three New Cheetah Litters

The Metro Richmond Zoo is proud to announce the births of three cheetah litters. On April 10, 2021, Rey gave birth to four cubs (one male and three females) sired by Kalu. This is Rey’s second litter. On April 26, 2021, Vaila gave birth to four cubs (one male and...

Metro Richmond Zoo in the News

Highlights of 2022

Run Wild! Metro Richmond Zoo holding race to save endangered cheetah

September 1, 2022 | WRIC8

Metro Richmond Zoo welcomes 19 cheetah cubs in 2022

August 18, 2022 | NBC12

19 cheetah cubs born at Metro Richmond Zoo


Oldest African penguin in the world turns 42 at Metro Richmond Zoo

January 29, 2022 | WRIC8

Doctor performs root canal on chimpanzee at Metro Richmond Zoo

January 25, 2022 | NBC12


Metro Richmond Zoo debuts baby orangutan named ‘Taavi’

August 19, 2021 | WTVR6

Zoo welcomes over a dozen new cheetah cubs

May 2, 2016 | FOX & FRIENDS

A cheetah and a pup become best friends at the Metro Richmond Zoo

October 8, 2015 | TODAY

Cheetah-Dog Friendship Isn’t As Strange As It Sounds


This Newborn Giraffe Is Probably Taller Than You

April 23, 2014 | ABC WORLD NEWS NOW