Live animals are used in many educational programs at the Virginia Zoo. We believe that animals enrich our programs, extending and adding to the retention of what is being taught because they provide specific and concrete examples.

Animal handlers are extensively and ongoingly trained to follow protocols which comply with the requirements of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other professional and state standards.

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Come watch exciting educational presentations full fun facts and animal ambassadors! Watch animals display natural and enriching behaviors on stage to a seated audience, with a specific theme for each show.

Purpose of ZooLive! presentations

ZooLive! shows enhance the experience of Zoo guests by providing an up-close and interpreted experience while providing an engaging and enjoyable setting to learn critical, actionable conservation messages.

There are no presentations scheduled at this time


Ever wanted to know an animal’s birthday? Or their favorite treat? Get insider information about the animals at our Zoo from their own keepers!

Fall 2022/Winter 2023 Schedule

September 10, 2022, to May 26, 2023


11:30 AM – Siamese crocodile (World of Reptiles)

2:00 PM – Tropical Conservatory in World of Reptiles


11:30 AM – Giraffe – giraffe observation deck (Africa Okovango Delta)

2:30 PM – Otter/Gibbon (Asia Trail of the Tiger)