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

For a contribution of $1,500, a memorial bench can be placed on the grounds of the Virginia Zoo. Memorial benches include a brass plaque that can be customized according to the donor’s instructions.

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

For more information about the Memorial Bench program, please contact us at (757) 441-2374, ext. 222 or send us an email.


Support the Zoo by purchasing a personalized Zoo Brick. These bricks are a great way to recognize children, grandchildren, marriages, and other special events, or a lasting memorial to a loved one.

With each $100 contribution, your name or the name of a special friend, family member, or beloved pet, will be engraved on a 4″ x 8″ brick (accommodating a maximum of 16 characters per line and up to three lines of text.)

Those who wish to make a more significant contribution to the Zoo may purchase a $250 brick. This 8″ x 8″ brick will be engraved with your inscription and prominently displayed. An 8″ x 8″ brick will accommodate a maximum of 16 characters per line and up to six lines of text.

Your brick donation is tax-deductible. Brick inscriptions are subject to approval by the Virginia Zoo.

To order your Zoo Brick, call (757) 441-2374, ext.  244 or click here for online form


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 an entire bench seat and receive a plaque on the seat back showing your commitment.

Complete the Train Seat Contribution Form, e-mail it to the Virginia Zoo Development Department or drop it off at our Membership Office.