other ways to give

The Virginia Zoo is home to more than 500 animals representing over 100 different species. Founded in 1900 and residing on 53 landscaped acres in Lafayette, The Virginia Zoo has shown a commitment to education and conservation for more than a century. Thanks to a caring community, the Virginia Zoo has grown and improved over the past 100 years. Your gift helps to enrich the lives of our animals here at the Zoo and their species around the world. It also inspires conservation action and leaves a lasting impact on thousands of families and school children that visit annually.

Consider a tribute gift today. These unique gifts and remembrances are perfect for any occasion.

Memorial Bench

Bench sponsorships are a thoughtful and distinctive way to recognize a special person.  For a contribution of $500 or more, a bench made from recycled materials with a plaque customized according to the donor’s instructions, can be placed on Zoo grounds.

Zoo staff typically determines the location of the bench, but every effort is made to accommodate any special requests or preferences.



Add your family name to one of the most fun attractions at the Zoo – the Zoo Train! Sponsoring a seat on the Norfolk Southern Express supports the Zoo and honors your family or loved one in a unique way. For a contribution of $800 you will sponsor a bench seat and receive a plaque on the seat back showing your commitment.


Planned giving

Lynn Cobb, dedicated Zoo Board Member, shares why she has chosen to leave her legacy with the Virginia Zoo:

“As a native of Norfolk, I truly feel that the Zoo is one of our best resources. Where else can you take your entire family to experience something as unique and exciting as a new baby lion, a rhinoceros rolling in the mud, or a gargantuan python. The Virginia Zoo has been a destination for my family for many years and I want to ensure that it is here years to come.”


stock gifts

Combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities.


in-kind gifts

You can support the animal conservation mission of the Virginia Zoo through non-cash donations and services.


All donations, including the purchase of ZooBricks or Memorial Benches or Train Seats, are fully tax deductible. The Virginia Zoological Society is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, federal tax ID number is 51-0253147.
We recommend you consult your Tax Accountant for further clarification.