Maymont Heartbroken Over Unexpected Loss of Ella, the Female Otter



  The Maymont family is grieving the loss of Ella, the female North American river otter, who died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 8. Ella was transported on Saturday from her habitat in The Robins Nature and Visitor Center at Maymont to Wellesley Animal Hospital, where many of Maymont’s animals receive veterinary care, for an oral/dental …

Celebrating World Wildlife Day at Maymont



  In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 3 World Wildlife Day to celebrate the variety of the world’s wild animals and plants. Every year is a different theme – this year it’s “Big cats: predators under threat.” You may be familiar with Maymont’s big cat ambassador Monty, a North American Bobcat. Known …

Maymont Mourns the Loss of Its Gray Fox



  The Maymont family is deeply saddened by the recent loss of Cane, the gray fox, who passed away last week at the age of 14. The long-time resident of the fox habitat had geriatric conditions including significant arthritis in his legs and spine, and he was no longer responding favorably to medical care. Consequently, …

Celebrating National Animal Keeper Appreciation Week (July 16-22)



  Our Zoology department, comprised of Aquarists and Animal Keepers, is the do-it-all team! They perform a wide range of tasks from exhibit cleaning and maintenance to assisting our veterinarian with medical procedures. Whether it’s an aquarist crawling in tight places to work on an aquarium’s Life Support System, or an Animal Keeper trekking through …

Heartwarming Memories Made at Maymont



  We were so moved by this sweet story told by one of Maymont’s special guests, Dr. Gail B. Newton, who brought her grandchildren to the Members’ Otter Preview last Monday, May 15, we had to share. Thanks to Dr. Newton for reminding us of the magic of making memories at Maymont. “Nothing touches your …

Otterly Exciting News!



  They’re coming! Richmond’s favorite aquatic mammals, North American river otters (Lontra canadensis), will delight us all at Maymont once again beginning Tuesday, May 16. A male and a female, both approximately two years old, will live in the otter exhibit at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center. Both otters were found raiding crayfish farms …

5 Things to Remember When Training Your Pet…or Even a Goat



  Get ready! The Farm at Maymont is opening this Sunday, March 26, and everyone, especially the goats, are excited! The animals, with help from our animal trainers, have prepped and practiced to show off their new tricks during the re-opening celebration and throughout the year. Lucky for us, we got a sneak peek yesterday …

Retired Race Horse Joins Maymont Carriage Team



  A horse named Solo won’t be spending much time alone at his new home at Maymont. The 12-year-old retired race horse recently joined fellow former racer, Arctic Warrior (“Artie”), as a member of Maymont’s two-horse carriage team. Both are male standardbreds, an American horse breed known for harness racing and other equestrian activities. Solo, …

Maymont Farm Progress “Stalled”



Progress at the Maymont Farm has been “stalled.” But don’t worry, that’s not a bad thing in this case.  A few moms (and dads) surely will be excited to see more stalls, more sinks, more open space and changing tables (sometimes, it’s the little things…right?!) in the renovated restrooms. And the youngsters will appreciate the new …

Bald Eagle Appreciation Day



  According to the World Animal Foundation, January 18 is Bald Eagle Appreciation Day. Here are a few fun facts about these majestic birds found along the James River in #RVA and right here at Maymont: The bald eagle is the only eagle found exclusively on the North American continent, ranging from Alaska to the northern …