March 16 @ 8:00 am 10:00 am EDT

Breakfast with the Animals is your opportunity to rise, shine, and dine with your favorite Zoo residents. This exclusive access event gets you in before we open to the general public to enjoy a leisurely morning of snacking, strolling, learning, and seeing how morning meals are made on the wild side! A variety of grab-and-go breakfast items and beverages are included as part of your ticket price. Includes all-day Zoo admission.

Music by The Olde James River Jazz Band, tickets for The Virginia Zoo Express train available at an additional cost.

Gates open at 8 am and close at 9:30am. The Zoo will open to the public at 10am.

Event takes place rain or shine!


  • 8 – 8:45 am: Animal ambassador greeters
  • 8:15 am: ZooFarm & orangutan keeper chats
  • 8:45 am: Rhino hornbill & tiger keeper chats
  • 9:15 am: Red river hog & crocodile keeper chats
  • 9:45 am: Rhino & World of Reptiles keeper chats
  • 8:45 & 9:45 am: Diet Kitchen Chats


  • Mini donuts provided by Duck Donuts
  • Bagels and cream cheese provided by Panera Bread
  • Bacon or sausage (veggie sausage upon request)
  • Strawberry & vanilla yogurt parfaits with fruit topping
  • Fresh bananas & apples
  • Cheese sticks
  • Granola bars
  • Juice provided by Coca-Cola
  • Mimosas for purchase

πŸ’²Ticket PricesπŸ’²

πŸ‡ Member Adult (18+): $10

πŸ‡ Member Child (2-17): $10

πŸ‡ Non-Member Adult (12+): $26

πŸ‡ Non-Member Child (2-11): $23

πŸ‡ Children under 2 are free but do require an “Under 2” ticket reservation

Tickets go on sale 2/2 for Zoo Members and 2/9 for Non-Members

Pricing increases $2 week of event (starting Monday, March 11 at 12:01 am)

Thank you to our sponsors Wegmans, Panera Bread, Duck Donuts, and Coca-Cola!