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Old Friends Bring New Beginnings

Hello Critter Friends, I’m writing today to discuss longevity of animals in captivity.  At our facility, many of our collection ambassador animals live beyond a typical age for each individual in captivity or the wild. This is a testament to the loving care that we…

Saying goodbye to a deer friend

          Last week, on Friday November 9, 2018, the Virginia Living Museum’s 18 year old White-Tailed Deer doe passed away due to complications of old age. This deer, fondly known as Erica to the animal care staff, came to the VLM…

All Howls Are Breaking Loose

Dracula: [about the wolves that are howling] ” Listen to them: the children of the night. What sweet music they make.”  Abraham “Bram” Stoker- 1897 Although this is more of a reference to the wolves in the classic gothic novel, Dracula, this quote holds true…

Handsome fellow

Hey Folks, I’m writing today to let you know that we have recently introduced a young male red fox to our red fox exhibit.  Back in November, we introduced a young female fox to the exhibit, and now we have a new companion for the…

Foxy Lady

November 29, 2016 Hey Critter Corner fans! In the beginning of November, we had the pleasure of introducing a new young female fox to our red fox exhibit.  She will be joining our veteran male fox who has been at the VLM since 2006. The…

Ooooooohhhhh-Possum!

Did you know that North America only has one native marsupial? It’s called the Virginia Opossum, not to be confused with the type of Possum that lives in Australia.  The opossums we have here are a little bit smaller and can be seen at night…

Springtime Symphony

Now that the woods and fields are waking up, take a moment to savor the coming of spring.  As I walk along the trail, I’m amazed at how quickly spring arrives. You can hear it. You can smell it as the sun warms up the…

A Plea to Mr. Bill Murray

January 21, 2016 Dear Mr. Murray: I hope by now that you are familiar with our renowned groundhog, Chesapeake Chuck, who claims to be your #1 Fan.  He has launched an all-out social media campaign (#HelpChuckMeetBillMurray)  to convince you to join him this Groundhog Day on February…