The Virginia Zoo offers a wide variety of exciting opportunities to enhance your visit. Check out schedules below for a chance to meet with a keeper or animal care staff, chat with an educator, or even encounter animal ambassadors up-close!


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 – Bald Eagle (North America Trail)


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

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


Learn from our Zoo Educators more about the wild places our species at the Zoo come from, amazing adaptations, unique animal relationships, and conservation actions you can take to protect our natural world!

Topics change daily, and specific locations are posted on signage at the front of the Zoo each day.

April 2023 Schedule


10:00 AM – Africa Okavango Delta Trail

1:00 PM – World of Reptiles


10:00 AM – Africa Okavango Delta Trail

1:00 PM – World of Reptiles

zoo educator wearing safari hat holds ball python while girl touches snake


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.

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.

There are no presentations scheduled at this time