Farm Updates, November-December 2016



What a difference a month makes! The exterior of the new classrooms looks different each week, a new cement floor was poured in the barn in mid-November, and the renovated restrooms have new insulation and plumbing.          

Maymont Suffers Loss of Male Otter, Neptune



  It is with great sadness that Maymont announces the death of Neptune, the male North American river otter, who passed away on Friday, October 28, at the age of 19. Necropsy results show that he died of natural causes. In his typical manner, he was swimming, playing with enrichments, and behaving normally for an …

Farm Updates, October 2016



  The new classrooms at the Farm are finally taking shape! Posts were in the ground for the photo on the left, taken on Tuesday, October 11, and the main center beam and part of a wall were in place for the photo on the right, taken on Friday, October 21. The parking lot expansion …

Two Young Bison Arrive at Maymont



  Two young female bison arrived at Maymont yesterday to live in the estate’s bison habitat. (Watch the video of their arrival.) The heifers are 16 months old and 17 months old, and each weighs over 600 pounds. They came to Maymont from SB Farms, Inc., a bison ranch located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Official …

It’s Bat Appreciation Month!



  October may have been selected as Bat Appreciation Month because those mysterious creatures are associated with spooky scenes of Halloween. However, these are five reasons we should LOVE bats, not fear them, here in Virginia and around the world. Plus, take a look at the fascinating bat segment we filmed with Powering Virginia that aired …

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 …

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 …