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Virginia Zoo Job Fair Saturday, January 22

Job Hunters Can Go On Safari To Find Seasonal Positions                                                                                  

Who:              The Virginia Zoo is holding a Job Fair for seasonal positions. 

What:             The Zoo is seeking applicants age 16 and over for seasonal and part-time positions in retail (gift shop), food service and me

Siberian tiger death at Virginia Zoo in Norfolk

Norfolk, VA – Virginia Zoo staff and volunteers are mourning the death of Siberian tiger, Shaka Khan, who lost her fight with malignant bone cancer over the weekend. Shaka was 18 years old.

In May 2010, the Zoo sadly announced the death of Shaka’s sister, Shere, from an aggressive form of skin cancer and also at that time reported that Shaka had been diagnosed with bone cancer. In recent weeks, staff observed the tumor on Shaka’s leg was growing significantly while she also was losing weight. She passed away Friday in her exhibit home.

“Although we knew this was inevitable,” says Zoo executive director Greg Bockheim, “our Zoo family is grief stricken. The keeper staff has cared for both of these amazing animals since they were cubs, and for all of us, this is like losing a beloved family member.”

At 18, Shaka was considered an elderly tiger – the average lifespan in captivity is between 15 to 20 years.

Virginia Zoo Sadly Announces Death of Giraffe Calf

Norfolk, VA – The Virginia Zoo is sad to announce that the giraffe calf born on October 9, 2010 has failed to thrive. He died Thursday, October 14, 2010.

Kids Flock to Zoo to Get Eyes Like a Hawk

Who:         The OneSight Vision Van is coming to the Virginia Zoo to give free eye exams and glasses to over 100 pre-selected children!

What:        Volunteer doctors and eye care professionals will provide free eye exams and glasses to area children whose families cannot afford to pay for the services.  While they wait for their glasses, the kids and their families will receive free admission to the Virginia Zoo.

When:       Wednesday, September 29 and Thursday, September 30 from 9:00 a.m.

Giant Banana Meets Giant Mammal At Virginia Zoo

 

Who:           Watch Virginia Zoo elephants get a huge treat – a 15-foot long banana! It's a one-of-kind photo op – a giant mammal with a humongous piece of fruit! 

What:          The elephants routinely are fed bananas, watermelon and other treats, but they've never seen a banana this big! 

Zookeepers and volunteers built the enormous papier mache banana and stuffed it with treats to entice the elephants to play.

5 Aldabra tortoises move into Virginia Zoo today

Five Aldabra tortoises – the second largest land tortoise in the world – are moving into the Virginia Zoo today! The largest, a male named A.J., will be transferred to his new home at noon, and the big adventure will begin for this reptile that weighs 475 pounds, and his new fans!

700 pounds of Giant Land Tortoises move into the Virginia Zoo

 

Norfolk, VA – Five Aldabra tortoises – the second largest land tortoise in the world – are moving into the Virginia Zoo on Friday, August 13, 2010. The largest, a male named A.J., will be transferred to his new home at noon, and the big adventure will begin for this reptile that weighs 475 pounds, and his new fans!

 “Our second largest tortoise, a female, weighs 150 pounds. We also feature three growing juveniles that weigh 10 to 12 pounds each, all in the same new Virginia Zoo habitat,” explains Greg Bockheim, executive director. “Moving A.J. is going a bit challenging but he does enjoy the attention. We will drive him in a trailer from the holding area to the new exhibit.  When he arrives, a team of zookeepers will help lift him out of the trailer.  Once he is on the ground, they will encourage him to walk into his new home, using his favorite foods to lure him.  We’ve found that A.J.