Mission Statement

The Virginia Zoo is committed to engaging our community in taking action to save the world’s wildlife and their ecosystems.

Vision Statement

The Virginia Zoo will create a world where everyone values wildlife and the environment.

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Zoo History

The Virginia Zoo is over 100 years old! Learn more about how we’ve grown up to be a world-class Zoo.

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Staff and VZS Board Members

Need to get in touch with us? Plan your next event at the Zoo or ask us a question.

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Find the most frequently asked questions and a few very interesting facts.

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AZA Accreditation
Accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is an evaluation process that recognized experts in the profession and is measured against the established standards and best practices of that profession. Overseeing this process in AZA is the Accreditation Commission who are trained experts in operations, animal welfare and husbandry, and veterinary medicine. These experts thoroughly examine each institution to determine if AZA standards are being met. Only those zoos and aquariums that earn AZA accreditation can become members of AZA. The Virginia Zoo has been accredited since 1985.

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Strategic Plan

In 2020 the Virginia Zoo conducted a strategic planning process to outline the next 3-5 years. Report coming soon!

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Community Donations

The Virginia Zoo provides donations to nonprofit organizations sponsoring fundraising activities to benefit their members or target audiences.