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2017 Photo ContestAttention Shutterbugs!

The Virginia Zoo invites photographers from around the world to enter its 2017 Calendar Photo Contest. The grand-prize-winning photo will win the cover page of the Zoo’s annual calendar, a Zoo Gift Shop shopping spree and a behind the scenes tour with their favorite animal!

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FAMILY FUN ZooGrooves

Join us for a rockin’ good time with live music at the Zoo this summer! Bring your blanket and your lawn chairs. Enjoy Asia after-hours, animal ambassadors, summer fare & local brews.

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From the Zoo BlogBirds Birds Birds…

August 27, 2016 - Its 8 am, the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing and the birds are chirping and I do mean all the birds!  Here at the Virginia Zoo we have over 100 birds representing 42 different species from 5 different … More »

Mramba, king of the Virginia Zoo (Virginia Zoo photo by Cedrick Garrett).

Up Close and PersonalBehind-the-Scenes Experiences

Did you know that you can feed a giraffe, or meet a lion, tiger or bear!? Learn more about our behind-the-scenes tours.

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E-NewsletterZooNews!

Subscribe to our email newsletter to keep up with everything happening at the Zoo!

Young Red panda or Shining cat, Ailurus fulgens, 7 months old, in front of white background

Animals After DarkZoo Snoozes

Bring your sleeping bags and we’ll take care of the rest: behind-the-scenes encounters with Zoo animals, nighttime activities, and even breakfast. It’s an adventure your family will never forget!