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

Leadership Society

The Leadership Society is the Zoo’s way of thanking its most generous supporters and bringing members even closer to the life of the Zoo.  As a Leadership Society member, you support our daily commitment to animal care, enrichment programming, wildlife conservation, education and research initiatives across our community and beyond.

Leadership Society donors are the cornerstone of this institution, helping ensure that there will always be a Virginia Zoo for our children and community.  Your annual gift of $1,000 or more makes a profound impact on the Zoo’s day-to-day activities and, ultimately, its future.

Supporting the Leadership Society includes all the benefits of the Curator level membership, including FREE admission for 2 adults, all members’ children and grandchildren (ages 18 and under) plus 10 Guests on each visit!

In addition:

  • Invitations to exclusive Leadership Society events throughout the year
  • 1 FREE Family 4-pack of tickets and train tokens to gift to another family
  • Subscription to bi-monthly Leadership Society newsletter, Animal Insider, with special behind-the-scenes information
  • Recognition in the Virginia Zoo website and the membership newsletter, The Virginia Zoo Review
  • Free train ride punch-card

Click here to join the Leadership Society now with your donation of $1,000 or more!

For more information, call 757.441.2374 (220) or email the Development Director, Angela Benard.


Leadership Society Members:

Mrs. Jane Batten
Dr. and Mrs. Truman Baxter
Radm. and Mrs. Charles Beers
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Betz, Jr.
David & Susan Goode
Andrew and Victoria Gorczyk
Ms. Christina L. Goode
David & Susan Goode
Ms. Martha M. Goode
Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Harris
CPO and Mrs. William E. Higgins, Ret.
Peter & Nancy Huber
Mrs. Joann C. Klotz
Gregory & Mary Beth Marshall
Norman and Betsy Mason
Richard and Shaune Meredith
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Morrison
Andrew Baker & Marlene Pariser
Douglas & Patricia Perry
Gary and Glenda Philbin
Mrs. Juanita Raisor
Carl and Ada St. Remy
Ms. Lynn Cobb and Mr. Warren Richard
The Smallwood Family
Susan Roady
Mr. and Mrs. John S. Shannon
Conrad and Anne Shumadine
Jim and Elizabeth Shumadine
Margo Taylor