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two male zoo keepers with White rhinoA Hybrid Organization

The Virginia Zoo functions as a true hybrid operation through the joint efforts and constant communication between the staffs of the Virginia Zoological Park (VZP) and the Virginia Zoological Society (VZS). VZP staff maintains all animal exhibits and provides animal care and husbandry, maintains the lush grounds and gardens, oversees most building repair and maintenance, and manages the Zoo’s ticket booth.

VZS staff operates the Zoo’s gift shop, restaurant and concessions, educational programs, special events and parties, membership program, marketing and promotions, and fundraising and grant writing through the private sector.

The staffs of both organizations work side-by-side on a daily basis and the operation of the two organizations are not only closely related and complementary, but are mostly indistinguishable.

If the party you are interested in reaching is not listed below, please call the Zoo’s main line at 757.441.2374 or email info@virginiazoo.org

  • BIRTHDAY PARTIES | Celebrate your birthday at the Zoo! Christina Webb, ext. 262
  • DEVELOPMENT | Make a donation or support the Zoo. Angela Benard, ext 220
  • EDUCATION | Book an educational program or enroll camp. Michelle Lewis, ext. 232
  • EXPERIENCES | Book a behind the scenes tour or Zoodopt your favorite animal. Brittany Coolbaugh, ext. 222
  • EVENTS | Host your next gathering with your wildest friends! Lori Lampert, ext. 250
  • MARKETING | For media and advertising inquiries. Ashley Grove Mars,ext. 275
  • MEMBERSHIP | Purchase a Membership or ask a question! Niya Rodgers, ext. 257
  • VISITOR SERVICES | Reserve your daily admission! Jean Vaden, ext. 251
  • VOLUNTEER | Groups or individuals can volunteer their time. Kate Reichart, ext. 225

Woman and man standing with a large check donationThe Virginia Zoological Society

In 1989 the Virginia Zoological Society was formed and has since operated as the non-profit official support organization for the Virginia Zoological Park with the responsibility of generating community and financial support.

  • PRESIDENT Susan Smallwood
  • FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Lynn Cobb
  • SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Brian Pennell
  • TREASURER Christina Goode
  • SECRETARY Andrew Baker
  • Nancy Bartee
  • Carolyn Betz
  • Richard Boykin
  • Dannie Capobianco
  • Nicole Carry
  • Erik Cooper
  • Karen Dzupinka
  • Elizabeth Fraim
  • Ameet Habib
  • Ben Miles
  • Kevin O’Connor
  • Pat Kelly
  • Cart Reilly
  • Sue Roady
  • Jim Shumadine
  • Marva Smith
  • Peter Strauss
  • Stephen Taylor
  • Debbi Waitzer
  • Clay Winn