EcoChallengePlastic Free July

The Plastic Free July EcoChallenge is a 31-day, global challenge to reduce and refuse single-use plastics. We invite you to create intention and take action on creating plastic-free habits with us!

Alive After 5ZooGrooves

Join us for a rockin’ good time with live music from The Deloreans at the Zoo on Friday, June 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring your blanket and your lawn chairs. Asia – Trail of the Tiger and the World of Reptiles exhibits will be open. Enjoy summer fare & local brews.

From the Zoo BlogLet’s Be Plastic Free

June 20, 2019 - In July 2018, 151 Virginia Zoo staff members and volunteers joined together to compete against 79 other zoological organizations to see who could be the most plastic-free. Known as Plastic Free July, this ecochallenge is a 31-day, global challenge to reduce … More »

Up Close and PersonalBehind-the-Scenes Adventures

Did you know that you can mingle with a giraffe, meet a tortoise or chill with a sloth? Interested in seeing our new reptiles up-close? Learn more about our 12 different behind-the-scenes tours.


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EDUCATIONSchool Programs

We are wild about learning and the Zoo has programs to fit all your educational needs. Our Education Department offers many memorable ways to explore science and nature.