Live animals are used in many educational programs at the Virginia Zoo.  We believe that animals enrich our programs, extending and adding to the retention of what is being taught because they provide specific and concrete examples.
Animal handlers are extensively and ongoingly trained to follow protocols which comply with the requirements of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other professional and state standards.

zoolive! stage

Come watch exciting educational presentations full fun facts and animal ambassadors! Watch animals display natural and enriching behaviors on stage to a seated audience, with a specific theme for each show.

Purpose of ZooLive! presentations

ZooLive! shows enhance the experience of Zoo guests by providing an up-close and interpreted experience while providing an engaging and enjoyable setting to learn critical, actionable conservation messages.

There are no current presentations scheduled


Ever wanted to know an animal’s birthday? Or their favorite treat? Get insider information about the animals at our Zoo from their own keepers!

Keeper Chat schedules will be posted on the Events Calendar

nature days

We dig nature! With the goal of exploring the outdoors and getting a little dirty, unstructured play in natural spaces has been shown to improve physical health, support mental and emotional wellbeing, and promote life-long conservation values.

What you can expect to experience:

  • Fun educational activities
  • A craft or giveaway to take home with you
  • Tools (magnifying glasses, scavenger hunts, etc.) to help you explore nature at the Zoo!
  • and more!

Run Wild dates will be posted on the Events Calendar