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Memberships as a Gift

An annual membership to the Virginia Zoo is a great gift for a family that keeps on giving all year long.  So, should you purchase a membership directly or purchase a gift certificate?

Membership Gift Certificate

Our recommendation is to purchase a gift certificate. This way, we can be sure the cards have the correct contact information. When you purchase a gift certificate, the recipient will bring it with them to the Virginia Zoo the next time they visit in order to redeem the certificate for a membership. Membership gift certificates expire one year from the purchase date. The membership itself expires one year from the date the certificate is redeemed. To purchase a gift certificate online, go the membership form and use the following steps:

  • Answer “yes” to the question — “Is this a gift for someone else?”
  • Check the “I have a promotional code” box
  • Add the code “GIFT CERT” in the promotional code slot

Membership Purchase

If you still prefer to purchase the membership directly as a gift, we can do that too. We just need the name, address and number of children. The membership will expire one year from the date of purchase.

The membership card should be ready for pick up at the Membership Office 10 to 15 business days after joining. However, the recepients can start using their membership benefits right away! The online payment receipt or the receipt you received when you purchased the membership at the Zoo will act as a temporary pass until the permanent cards are ready.

To order a membership or gift certificate, click here.  For additional assistance, call the Membership Department at (757) 441-2374 ext. 244 or 242.

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