The Virginia Zoo’s Augmented Reality Tour powered by ECPI and Life Preserve was created to give Zoo visitors insider information about our animals here at the Virginia Zoo and their counterparts in the wild.
The tour features 12 stops around the Zoo and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about our animal residents, conservation efforts for the species, watch behind-the-scenes videos and more!
Step 1: Download the free Zappar app from your mobile device’s app store.
Step 2: Open Zappar and point it at the sign – make sure that the zapcode (lightning bolt logo) can be seen in the screen.
Step 3: Enjoy! You can pause the audio, click on the text option to read what is being said, flip through pictures, or click on links to see videos or be taken to more webpages with more information.
Step 4: Be sure to complete the Exit survey at the last stop. Show your completed survey at the Zoo’s Membership Office and receive a voucher for a free ice cream cone at Mid Atlantic Dairy Queen.
Stop 1: Introduction in the Plaza
First stop on tour. This stop provides instructions and tips on how to complete the tour.
Stop 2: Malayan Tigers
Learn more about the Virginia Zoo’s three male Malayan tigers. Hear how the Virginia Zoo’s conservation fund supports tiger conservation.
Stop 3: Orangutans
Learn more about the Virginia Zoo’s four adult orangutans and how the Zoo works to educate the public on the effects palm oil plantations have on this species habitat.
Stop 4: Rhino Hornbill
Learn more about the Virginia Zoo’s Rhinocerous hornbills and how the Zoo has supported hornbill conservation.
Stop 5: Southern Cassowary
Learn more about the Virginia Zoo’s four Southern cassowaries. Also, learn about cassowary conservation efforts from the Rainforest Rescue in Australia.
Stop 6: Bongo
Learn about the Virginia Zoo’s breeding group of bongos and how the Zoo works to protect this species’ habitat by participating in the EcoCell project.
Stop 7: Southern White Rhino
Learn more about the Virginia Zoo’s three Southern white rhinos Bora, Zina and Sibindi and see how you can support rhino conservation through the Zoo’s conservation fund.
Stop 8: African Lion
Learn about the Virginia Zoo’s African Lion family and hear how the Virginia Zoo works with organizations like the Pride Lion Conservation Alliance.
Stop 9: Aldabra Tortoise
Learn more about the Virginia Zoo’s five Aldabra tortoises and hear how the Zoo educates the public about environmental issues that affect this species.
Stop 10: American Bison
Learn about the Virginia Zoo’s two American bison, Lily and Oakley and how this species became a conservation success story!
Stop 11: Reptile Nursery
Learn about the Virginia Zoo’s Reptile Nursery and see videos and pictures of our past and current Nursery residents.
Stop 12: Exit
Last stop on tour. Be sure to complete the Exit survey at this stop and receive a voucher for a free 12 oz blizzard at Mid Atlantic Dairy Queen. Vouchers can be picked up in the Zoo’s Membership office. Vouchers are one per family.