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.

  • Dispose of all waste in an appropriate place
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Purchase environmentally friendly products
  • Be a responsible pet owner
  • Create backyard habitats
  • Do research and support organizations and policies that protect the environment
  • Spread the word!


The Zoo is a gateway through which millions of people learn about and value the diversity of the natural world.

Regional and International

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


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.

AZA SAFE Programs

This program combines the power of zoo and aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of AZA members and partners to save animals from extinction.

Conservation Kiosks

Our new Conservation Kiosks are coming soon. Learn who you’re helping to save from extinction, how and why!