leadership society

The Leadership Society is the Zoo’s way of thanking its most generous supporters and bringing members even closer to the life of the Zoo.  As a Leadership Society donor, you support our daily commitment to animal care, enrichment programming, wildlife conservation, education and research initiatives across our community and beyond.

Leadership Society donors are the cornerstone of this institution, helping ensure that there will always be a Virginia Zoo for our children and community.  Your annual gift of $1,000 or more makes a profound impact on the Zoo’s day-to-day activities and, ultimately, its future.

Supporting the Leadership Society includes all of these benefits:

  • Leadership society membership card
  • Invitations to exclusive Leadership Society events throughout the year
    • Quarterly Behind the Scenes Tours
    • Tickets to ZooGrooves summer concerts and pre-concert picnic
  • Recognition on the Virginia Zoo’s website and in the membership newsletter, the Zoo Review
  • One Household Deluxe Membership:*
    • Two adults living in the same household and members’ children or grandchildren (18 years and younger)
    • Three guests per visit; member must accompany guests
  • One FREE family 4-pack of tickets and train tokens to gift to another family*
  • 10 guest passes for friends and family*
  • Train punch card good for 24 rides*

* Tangible benefits may be declined to allow for a fully tax-deductible contribution. Benefits and admission tickets may also be waived or donated as certificates for charity auction/school events at the donor’s request.

For more information, call 757.441.2374 (220) or email the Development Director, Angela Benard.

Leadership Society Members:

Andrew Baker & Marlene Praiser

Jane Batten

Nancy Bartee

Radm. & Mrs. Charles Beers

Thomas & Carolyn Betz Jr.

Lawrence & Robbin Brett

Dr. Truman & Jacquelyn Baxter

Sandra & James Burkhart

Lynn Cobb & Warren Richard

Paul Corliss

George Doumar

Guy Friddell III

Christina Goode

David & Susan Goode

Martha Goode

Andrew & Victoria Gorczyk

Peter & Laura Griffin

Conrad & Margaret Hall

CPO & Mrs. William E. Higgins, Ret.

Joann C. Klotz

Richard & Jacqueline Limerick

Charles Mann

Gregory & Mary Beth Marshall

Jason Martens

Alan McLeod

Bee McLeod & Goody Tyler

Richard & Shaune Meredith

Michael & Amy Morrison

John Padgett

Brian & Elizabeth Pennell

Gary & Glenda Philbin

Burt & Sandi Prestridge

Juanita Raisor

Sue Roady

John & Elizabeth Shannon

Robert & Susan Smallwood

Conrad Shumadine

Jim & Elizabeth Shumadine

Carl & Ada St. Remy

John Ritter

Lesia & Gary Rosso

Bernard Strohmeyer

Margo Taylor

Scott & Debbie Waitzer

Barclay & Robin Winn, Jr.

Katherine Wynne