A 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 throughthe private sector.

The staffs of both organizations work side-by-side on a daily basis andthe operation of the two organizations are not only closely related andcomplementary, 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! 

Melissa Rose, 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

The 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 Lynn Cobb

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Brian Pennell

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Nicole Carry

TREASURER Richard Boykin

SECRETARY Ameet Habib

Nancy Bartee

Carolyn Betz

Rob Bracknell

Danielle Capobianco

Erik Cooper

Blair Durham

Karen Dzupinka

Elizabeth Fraim

Christina Goode

Josh Howell

Patrick Kelly

Bennett Miles

Kevin O’Connor

Cart Reilly

Susan Roady

Jim Shumadine

Susan Smallwood

Marva A. Smith

Peter Strauss

Stephen Taylor

Debbi Waitzer

Barclay Winn