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

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


Leadership Society Members:

Andrew Baker & Marlene Pariser

Dr. and Mrs. Truman Baxter

Radm. and Mrs. Charles Beers

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Betz, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Brett, III

Mrs. Joann C. Klotz

Ms. Lynn Cobb and Mr. Warren Richard

David & Susan Goode

Ms. Martha M. Goode

Ms. Christina L. Goode

Andrew and Victoria Gorczyk

Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Henry U. Harris, III

Virginia and J. Robert Henderson

CPO and Mrs. William E. Higgins, Ret.

Peter & Nancy Huber

Henry & Angelica Light

Gregory & Mary Beth Marshall

Norman and Betsy Mason

Bee McLeod & Goody Tyler

Richard and Shaune Meredith

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Morrison

Gary and Glenda Philbin

Burt & Sandi Prestridge

Mrs. Juanita Raisor

Susan Roady

Gary and Leisa Rosso

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Shannon

Conrad and Anne Shumadine

The Smallwood Family

Carl and Ada St. Remy

Peter and Meghan Strauss

Margo Taylor

Scott and Debbi Waitzer