About the Zoo

There’s a lot to discover at the Virginia Zoo – from our rich history to our lush gardens.

Mission Statement
Recreation, education and conservation at the Virginia Zoo.

Learn about the ways we walk the talk.

Job Openings
Career opportunities at the Virginia Zoo.

Zoo Train
Learn fun facts about the Norfolk Southern Express.

Discover some interesting facts about the Virginia Zoo.

Animal Collection
Meet the Virginia Zoo’s lions, giraffes, reptiles and more.

Zoo History
The Virginia Zoo is over 100 years old! Learn more about how we’ve grown up to be a world class Zoo.

Our Gardens
Come see the animals in our gardens – from organic roses to lush tropical plants to exotic African vegetables.

Support the Zoo
Your support helps us deliver great programs and great care for our animals.

Special Animal Encounters and Zoo Gift Ideas
Unique Zoo packages can create that perfect gift for a friend or a great reward just for you.

AZA Accreditation
Look for the AZA logo when you visit any zoo or aquarium. It’s your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to delivering excellent care for animals and a great experience for you.

Community Donations
The Virginia Zoo provides donations to nonprofit organizations sponsoring fundraising activities to benefit their members or target audiences.

Staff Directory
Meet some of the Virginia Zoo staff.