Live animals are used in many educational programs at the Virginia Zoo. We believe that animals enrich our programs, extending and adding to the retention of what is being taught because they provide specific and concrete examples.
Animal handlers are extensively and ongoingly trained to follow protocols which comply with the requirements of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other professional and state standards.
Shows featuring live animals will be featured at the ZooLive! Stage located near the Animal Wellness Center from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Education Event Days are held on certain Saturdays from Spring through Fall from 11am to 2pm. During this time, come out and enjoy discovery carts, crafts, donate to conservation and receive a zoo animal button, hear keeper chats and even meet animal ambassadors up close!
Ever wanted to know an animal’s birthday? Or their favorite treat? Get detailed insider information about the animals at our Zoo from their own keepers!