Our world is changing, and we are gradually becoming more aware of the challenges facing our wildlife. Conservation of wild species, animals and plants alike, and their wild homes is what the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Virginia Zoo are all about. But it’s in our own backyards that we can make the biggest difference in preserving our natural habitats.

All life on Earth is connected through sharing resources and living space. As humans, we have the power to positively impact our environment and the other organisms living on Earth. Here at the Virginia Zoo, we will show you how.

Zoo Science

Learn about the science behind the zoo, how and why we do it, and partnering organizations that help manage the way in which all zoos and aquariums perform.


We are stewards of the natural resources utilized in our business operations and are developing and implementing an array of innovative strategies to meet our green goals.

Conservation Partners

Contributions to the long-term survival of species in natural ecosystems and habitats through both species-specific and habitat-focused conservation projects.

Community Science

A way for researchers to broaden their reach and capacity for data collection and observation through YOU!

Conservation Fund

How you can make a difference through your donations, support or in-person.