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 (222) or email the Development Coordinator.


Leadership Society Members:

Kay and Al Abiouness
Dr. and Mrs. Truman Baxter
Radm. and Mrs. Charles Beers
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Benedict
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Betz, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Brett, III
Sue and Carl Bryant
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Burnette
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Casagrande
Ms. Lynn Cobb and Mr. Warren Richard
Mr. and Mrs. Erik Cooper
Catherine and Jason Dodd
Ms. Rebecca Eller
Mr. and Mrs. David R. Goode
Ms. Martha M. Goode
Ms. Christina L. Goode
Henry and Eleanor Harris
Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Harris
Virginia and J. Robert Henderson
CPO and Mrs. William E. Higgins, Ret.
Mr. and Mrs. James Jiral
Glenn and Trisha Jones
Edward and Susan Kaufman
Mrs. Joann C. Klotz
Mr. Gregory P. Marshall
Norman and Betsy Mason
Ms. Bee McLeod and Mr. Goody Tyler
Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Meredith
Ms. Kathleen Morris
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Morrison
Gary and Glenda Philbin
Sandra and Burt Prestridge
Mrs. Juanita Raisor
Mr. and Mrs. George Rhodes
Ms. Sue Roady
Louis F. & Prudence H. Ryan
Mr. and Mrs. Roger H. Scheffel
The Schonk/Eller Family
Mr. and Mrs. John S. Shannon
Jim and Elizabeth Shumadine
Conrad and Anne Shumadine
The Smallwood Family
Mr. and Mrs. Carl St. Remy
Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey G. Ullrich
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J.Vollbrecht
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waitzer
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Webster
Wayne and Ashlin Wilbanks
Ms. Judith Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Hal Yuill