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Zoo Visit GuidelinesKnow Before You Go

We are open to the public daily from 10 am to 4 pm. All visitors and members will be required to make reservations online in advance, no walk-ups at this time. Some exhibits and attractions may be closed. Take a look at what you can expect on your next Zoo visit.

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Donate NowZoo Fund

Help ensure the sustainable co-existence of people and animals. Donating to the Zoo Fund helps provide exceptional mission-based programming to school children throughout Hampton Roads, Zoo members and guests. Experiences that bond families, inspire students, advance conservation and spark a lifelong appreciation for the animals we all love.

From the Zoo BlogWelcome the First Zoo Baby of 2021

January 14, 2021 - Virginia Zoo Keepers are delighted to welcome a newborn Masai giraffe calf born on January 11, 2021. At birth, the baby weighed 148.5 pounds, and stood 6’1” tall. This is the eighth calf for mom, Imara, and thirteenth for dad, … More »

Malayan tapir and calf walking through grass

Now VirtualBehind-the-Scenes Adventures

Did you know that you can mingle with a giraffe, meet a tortoise or chill with a sloth? Interested in seeing our new reptiles up-close? Learn more about our 12 different behind-the-scenes tours.

Party AnimalsBirthday Parties

The party never ends with our new Birthday Party Packages and Virtual Birthday Parties! Your birthday boy or girl will have a wild time with a Zoo birthday party. We’ll handle all the details, just bring the birthday kid and cake!

mother and son in front of reticulated python exhibit

ExperiencesExplore Tours

Enhance your Zoo visit with an exclusive walking tour led by a knowledgeable and engaging Zoo educator. Learn more about wildlife conservation or the science of the Zoo on a 90-minute walking tour, and get a glimpse behind the scenes at some of your favorite areas of the Zoo.