Give Local 757!


On May 9, the Virginia Zoo, as well as dozens of other nonprofits in the Hampton Roads area, is participating in the fourth annual Give Local 757 Day of Giving. This year, our goal is to raise $5,000 toward upgrading the new squirrel monkey exhibit in the World of Reptiles with toys, ropes, and other play structures and enrichment.

The Virginia Zoo’s four Squirrel monkeys – Madonna, Gadget, Elvira and Marie – are some of the Zoo’s most animated and energetic animals. These sprightly creatures need enriching activities to help keep them busy and use up their endless energy! The squirrel monkeys were moved off of exhibit last year when the reptile building closed to make way for a larger, more immersive exhibit for the family to inhabit. With your help, our squirrel monkeys will now have everything they could ever need in their exhibit to jump and play all day!

Last year the Virginia Zoo raised $1,396.50 in 24 hours toward the “Defining Moments” Capital Campaign. With support from our generous donors, Zoo members and local citizens like you, we are hopeful that our goal to raise $5,000 can be met in no time.

The Virginia Zoo will broadcast a live video of the Squirrel monkeys all day, and if we reach our goal, viewers will then be able to see the Squirrel monkeys receive special enrichment; another awesome reason to donate and help us accomplish our goal!

You can make an online donation to the Virginia Zoo at on May 9 starting at 12:00 am, and your gift will get amplified from incentive funds and additional dollars with prize challenges throughout the day that will help the Virginia Zoo win extra money! Although online donations must be a minimum of $10, your donation of any amount will help make a difference. Only 500 donations of $10 will help us reach our goal.

Be sure to tell all of your family and friends to donate. Also make sure to post on Facebook and Instagram, as well as tweet about donating to the Zoo, using #virginiazoo and #givelocal757! This is an opportunity to be part of something really big. Help us get there!

Thank you in advance for your generosity to the Virginia Zoo and the community. Together we can make a big impact!