With our unique adoption program, you can easily become a “Zoo Parent” by contributing toward one of our animal’s care and feeding for one year. Our exclusive adoption packages make perfect gifts for people of all ages!

Contributions from animal adoptions go directly to the Virginia Zoo Keeper Fund. With your gift, we can buy treats, toys, and supplies for the Zoo’s 500 animals, as well as provide specialized training for their zookeepers. For frequently asked questions, click here.

Order your zoodoption online — Click here!

Every animal at the Virginia Zoo is available for adoption at several donation levels, starting at $20. When you become a Virginia Zoo Parent, your contribution entitles you to these added benefits:

At the $20 level:

  • Name on recognition board in Membership Office
  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Fact sheet about your animal

At the $35 level:

  • Everything above, plus . . .
  • Photo with magnetic frame
  • Invitation to annual ZooParent Event

At the $50 level:

  • Everything above, plus . . .
  • Plush animal
  • Subscription to The Virginia Zoo Review (Zoo’s quarterly newsletter)

At the $100 level:

  • Everything above, plus . . .
  • Zookeeper Talk

Special Classroom Adoption: $125 Click here for Classroom Zoodoption Form (pdf)

  • Name on recognition board in Membership Office and in The Virginia Zoo Review
  • One personalized adoption certificate
  • One fact sheet about your animal
  • One photo with magnetic frame
  • One plush animal
  • Subscription to The Virginia Zoo Review (Zoo’s quarterly newsletter)
  • Zoo pencils for your students (limit 50)
  • Zookeeper Talk during Classroom Field Trip to the Virginia Zoo*

*Limited to 35 students. Does not include Zoo admission.  Talk must be scheduled 4 weeks in advance. Call (757) 441-2374 for more details.

Zoodoption FAQs

Who Can Adopt?

Anybody can adopt … individuals, families, schools, scout groups, businesses, clubs or sports teams. And, adoptions make great gifts! Check out our adoption packages above to see which best fits you!

How Can I Adopt?

It’s easy! Simply select the animal, click here to order online or call us at (757) 441-2374 ext. 244. To purchase a Classroom Zoodoption, click here to download the form or call us!
Zoo Parent Events – Who Can Attend?

For individual adoptions: Invitees to the Zoo Parent Event include the Zoo Parent and a guest. The Virginia Zoo schedules one event each year, generally in the spring. This applies to Zookeeper Talks (a benefit at the $100 level), which are special tours with your adopted animal’s zookeeper in front of their exhibit.

For group adoptions: Invitations to the Zoo Parent Event are not included with the group adoptions. However, group Zoo Parents may purchase tickets to the event for $2 each. Group Zookeeper Talks are limited to 35 participants. Call us at (757)441-2374 if you have questions.

Things to Know

All adoptions are valid for one full year. All adopted animals remain in the care of the Virginia Zoo and no ownership rights are conferred by this “adoption.”

 For more information on the Zoodoption program, call us at 757-441-2374, ext. 244.