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.
Shows featuring live animals will be featured at the ZooLive! Stage located near the Animal Wellness Center from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
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!
Save the dates for fun and days at the Zoo. Our EdZOOcation Days make learning and conservation fun. From the biggest beast to the smallest amphibian, all animals are worth saving!
We’re wild about our animals! Help us celebrate some of our favorite Zoo friends and their wild counterparts by joining us for Animal Appreciation Days!
Run wild or get down and dirty, and explore and connect with nature in these all new days of fun at the Zoo!