Virginia Zoological Park

3500 Granby St
Norfolk VA  23504

Phone: (757) 441-2374

The Virginia Zoological Park is a 53acre zoo located adjacent to Lafayette Park in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. The zoo opened in 1900, and was accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 1987.HistoryIn 1892, the City of Norfolk purchased the that was currently occupied by Lafayette Park. In 1900, the park began acquiring animals to exhibit, and by 1901 its collection exceeded 200 animals, including mammals, birds and reptiles.In 1974, the facility was fenced off from the city park, and renamed Lafayette Zoological Park. Though fenced off, residents of the nearby LaValette Avenue could see the zoo's elephant exhibit from their homes. Newcomers, unfamiliar with the fact that a zoo was in the location, sometimes called the police at the sight of the elephants. Between 1974 and 1980, most of the zoo's old exhibits were renovated.Also in 1974, the Friends of the Zoo was established to act as a support organization for the development of the zoo. In 1989 it was renamed as the Virginia Zoological Society and established as a non-profit organization.In 1985, Lafayette Zoological Park was renamed the Virginia Zoological Park at Norfolk (commonly known as the Virginia Zoo). In 1987, the zoo gained accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).In 1992, a Master Plan was adopted by City of Norfolk and Virginia Zoological Society. Plans included a new Education Complex and Visitor Center, as well as African, North American, Australian, South American and Asian-themed exhibits. In 1999, Part I of Phase I opened, including Gelada baboon habitat and Xaxaba African village and 100th Anniversary of Virginia Zoo and Lafayette ParkIn 2001, design for Master Plan Phase II: North America exhibit beganIn 2002, Part II of Phase I opened: African Okavango Delta exhibit, thus completing Phase I of the Master PlanIn 2004, Part I of Phase II opened: prairie dog habitat.In 2005, the zoo got its third elephant named Cita.In 2011, Part I of Phase IV opens: "Trail of the Tiger" exhibit opens with various fauna of India and Southeast Asia.

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Mon: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Red Shoe at the Zoo

Red Shoe at the Zoo
12:00 pm - 09/10/2016

At Virginia Zoological Park

You are invited to put on your Red Shoes and give the gift of family at Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Norfolk’s Red Shoe at the Zoo, Saturday, September...

International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day
11:00 am - 07/30/2016

At Virginia Zoological Park

Don’t miss our celebration of International Tiger Day on July 30. There will be discovery stations, tiger-themed crafts, face painting, fun activities, and trail...

SVA Family Zoo Day

SVA Family Zoo Day
10:30 am - 05/01/2016

At Virginia Zoological Park

We are hosting a family zoo day at the Virginia Zoo! If you are interested in attending please let Charlie know, just so he has a rough count on how many will be...

USO Military Appreciation Day at the Virginia Zoo

USO Military Appreciation Day at the Virginia Zoo
10:00 am - 11/15/2015

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Join us for #ZooDay2015! Free admission with your military ID for all active duty military, reserve/national guard, DOD civilians and retirees plus your eligible...

Military Appreciation Day at the Virginia Zoo

Military Appreciation Day at the Virginia Zoo
10:00 am - 11/15/2015

At Virginia Zoological Park

Free admission will still be given to Active Duty Military, Reserve/National Guard, DOD Civilians, Retirees and their Eligible Dependents. Eligible Dependents are...

ROARCHESTRA: The Virginia Zoo Presents The Virginia Symphony Orchestra

ROARCHESTRA: The Virginia Zoo Presents The Virginia Symphony Orchestra
06:00 pm - 10/09/2015

At Virginia Zoological Park

Enjoy a Special Evening at the Virginia Zoo as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Performs Outdoors. Pack your blankets and chairs to enjoy a classic evening under...

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