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Ever wonder what happens at the Zoo after dark and the lights go out? Come join us for a nocturnal adventure without the sleepover! Together we’ll learn about the fascinating world of animals through games and activities, meet education animals up close and even hike around the Zoo at night. Participants must be at least 6 years and older and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What does it take to be a Zoo Keeper? Join us for an exploration into the life of a Zoo Keeper as you investigate the triumphs of caring for some amazing animals. Together we’ll explore the techniques Zoo Keepers use to work with animals and learn about conservation projects the Virginia Zoo is involved with here and around the world.

*Note: This program material is geared towards families and recommended for children 8 and up.

Twilight Program Policies:

Cost: $30/person

Virginia Zoo Patches are available for purchase at $3/each

Time: Twilight Programs are scheduled events by the Virginia Zoo from 7-10 pm

Age: All participants must be at least 6 years old.

Sample Twilight Program Schedule:

6:45 PM                Check-In

7:00 PM                Welcome to the Zoo!

7:30 PM                Animal Ambassador Presentation

8:00 PM                Group Activities

9:00 PM                Night Hike Around the Zoo

10:00 PM             Guests Check-Out

*Note: schedule subject to change due to weather, animal availability, size of group and type of night program.

General Scheduling Information:

Twilight Programs are not exclusive to your group and we may book multiple groups in one night. All participants must be pre-registered prior to the program. Parents/guardians must accompany participants throughout the program experience. Participants must not exceed a 6:1 ratio of children to adults you are supervising.

How To Register:

Click HERE to reserve a spot or call VA Zoo Education at 757.441.2374, ext. 229.

What To Bring:

A refillable water bottle is encouraged and can be refilled throughout the program. We do not allow outside food or beverages (except water) on Zoo grounds. Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable closed-toe shoes are also recommended.

Smoking is not permitted on Zoo grounds and is prohibited throughout the program.

Cancellation Policy:

Twilight Programs are held rain or shine. The Virginia Zoo reserves the right to cancel or change any program. Programs that have not met the minimum number of participants within the week of the program may be canceled. In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly. Twilight Program cancellations must be received at least 7 (seven) days prior to the program to receive a partial refund of 80 percent. No refunds will be given for programs canceled less than 7(seven) days before the date.