Virginia Zoo
Norfolk, VA

NORFOLK, VA - As an accredited Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) facility, the Virginia Zoo exhibits more than 500 animals representing more than 100 different species on 53 beautifully landscaped acres. For more than a century, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to education and conservation, and offered a fun-filled day for visitors of any age. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 3500 Granby Street in Norfolk.

Animal Collection

From the plains of Africa to your own backyard, the Virginia Zoo has a world of discovery for you. Open year round, the Virginia Zoo offers family fun, education and excitement for everyone. Meet lions, kangaroos, meerkats and more. The Virginia Zoo is home to 400 animals, on 53 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.

Welcome to the Gardens

Come see the animals in our gardens! Most visitors come to the Virginia Zoo with animals on their minds, but plants are the first things they see. Our gardens set the stage for guests and Zoo residents. We create naturalistic habitats for exotic and native animals. We design, grow and plant themed gardens, and we provide fresh plant treats for our animals.


Education is an important part of our mission. From programs that enhance families’ visits to the Zoo to Scout Snoozes and academic presentations, we deliver many opportunities to help visitors learn more about our world and its fantastic animals.


Are you interested in bringing a school group to the Zoo for a field trip? You can choose among a variety of options to fit your educational needs. Once you have decided on a program, follow the instructions to reserve your wild day of education. Then, prepare for your visit! Read our Successful Field Trip Tips, which answers commonly asked questions and gives you tips to a smooth trip.

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Contact the Education Dept. to arrange programs or guided tours for homeschool groups or cooperatives.  One parent should serve as the contact person for your group for any given date you wish to schedule. Homeschool groups often request modified or combined versions of our standard school programs or simply choose programs that are designed for groups of varying ages. Our educators are experienced in presenting programs to audiences of mixed ages.

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For more information about visiting the Virginia Zoo call (757) 441-2374.

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