Virginia Zoo Throws Party for the Planet

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Did you know that the Virginia Zoo recycles 83,200 lbs of trash each year? Or, the mulch in the flower beds is made out of trees felled by the city’s parks and forestry department?

That was just a bit of earthly information to discover during the Party for the Planet event held at The Virginia Zoo Saturday.

At the Virginia Zoo’s event, visitors experienced live animal presentations, zookeeper demonstrations of animal enrichment activities used to promote the Zoo animals’ well-being, games and crafts, and presentations by environmental experts on the effect all life has on the environment. Guests learned about steps they can take to protect ecosystems, both locally and around the world.
“Every day is Earth Day at the Virginia Zoo, but on this very special day we will be showcasing some of the steps that we do every day to make a difference for plants and animals here in your own backyard and across the globe,” said Greg Bockheim, executive director.

The Virginia Zoo is home to more than 500 animals representing more than 100 different species. The Virginia Zoo was founded in 1900 and resides on 53 landscaped acres in Lafayette.