Maymont Mourns the Loss of Its First Otter



  The Maymont family is deeply saddened by the recent loss of Pandora, our female North American river otter, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 17. Pandora arrived at Maymont as an orphaned 6-week-old pup on May 24, 1999. She had been monitored along the banks of the Chickahominy River by …

Farm Updates Underway, September 2016



  We’re not quite ready to roll out the red carpet for you yet, even though you’ll see a whole lot of red (clay, that is) if you peek through the chain link fences at the farm these days. Construction is in full swing on several elements of the renovation project. The barn floor has …

The Nuptials of James Dooley and Sallie May – September 11, 1869



  No documentation has yet come to light to tell us exactly where and when the courtship of James Dooley and Sallie May blossomed. Could they have met at one of the many mineral spring resorts in the mountains of Virginia (and what became West Virginia) where polite society gathered in the summer? White Sulphur …

Keep Cool and Bear It



  The summer heat can be downright “unbearable” for us humans, so guests often wonder how the black bears handle hot days with their fur coats. While people wear coats to keep warm, animals have fur not only to stay warm, but to stay cool too! Much like your dog at home, bears do not …

Maymont Mourns Loss of Bison



  It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Maude, a 25-year-old American bison, who died yesterday. Animal keepers have given special attention to Maude for the past year due to her advanced age and slow weight loss. Our staff and veterinarian determined that her condition and declining quality of life were …

Baby Dinosaurs Arrive at Maymont!



  OK, maybe that headline is an exaggeration, but not by much. Last week, we introduced two young sturgeon – a primitive ancient fish species – into an aquarium in the Nature Center. The fish are approximately two to three years old, but they look like little babies compared to their adult counterparts which can …

What Happened in 1926?



  As we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Maymont’s public opening this year, we decided to see what else was happening 90 years ago in 1926. Here are a few fun highlights: The first trans-Atlantic telephone call – between London and New York – was made. “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne was published. Restoration of …

Planting for Pollinators



  Creating a garden that attracts pollinators is beneficial to the ecosystem and a fun family activity. Everyone enjoys watching a butterfly light on a flower or a bumblebee lumber from blossom to blossom. Pollinators require specific elements in the landscape to thrive. The basic needs for their survival are 1) a source of water …

A Summer of Action & Adventure



  Who’s looking for a summer full of action, adventure and animal encounters? You’ll find it during Maymont’s Summer Discovery Camps! Camps at Maymont are all about connecting kids to nature.  Each agenda is thoughtfully planned by one of our Environmental Educators to keep kids engaged the entire time they are here, whether we’re on …

Why Should Young Professionals Visit Maymont?



  When we’re kids, we beg to go to Maymont to feed the goats and see the bears. As teens, we want to walk the paths with friends or play games on the lawn. Once we’ve found “the one,” we might have a wedding in the gardens. Then we start the cycle all over again …