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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 [email protected] for the following needs:

  • Schedule a visit for a story
  • Receive an official press kit
  • Access high-quality images or video
  • Request to be added to our media mailing list

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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Baby Hippo Name Announcement

Baby Hippo Name Announcement

Thank you to the thousands of people who participated in our baby hippo naming poll. We had 18,963 total votes. We are thrilled to officially announce the winning name for our pygmy hippo calf... Say hello to Petunia!!! Petunia is confident, brave, and spunky. She...

Baby Hippo Naming Poll

Baby Hippo Naming Poll

It's time to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! We want to thank everyone for submitting name ideas for our little hippo. It was difficult selecting only a few favorite names from the thousands of recommendations. The final names were suggested by followers and/or our team. Final...

Baby Pygmy Hippo Splashes onto Exhibit

Baby Pygmy Hippo Splashes onto Exhibit

Virginia’s most famous hippopotamus went swimming for the first time this week. On Tuesday, December 27, Iris and her 3-week-old calf were moved into the zoo’s indoor pool area for some hippo swimming lessons. Iris showed her baby around the new area and then...

Baby Pygmy Hippo Born December 6

Baby Pygmy Hippo Born December 6

Christmas came early at the zoo! We did indeed receive a hippopotamus for Christmas this year. Congratulations to pygmy hippo parents Iris and Corwin on the birth of their female calf. She was born on December 6, 2022, after a 7 month gestation period. This is the...

The Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo Returns For 2022

The Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo Returns For 2022

One of Richmond's favorite holiday events is back for its 20th season. After being presented virtually for the past two years, The Miracle of Christmas - Live at the Zoo is returning for in-person performances on December 20, 21, and 22. All are invited and welcome to...

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...

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


This Virginia zoo really got a hippopotamus for Christmas

December 25, 2022 | CNN

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