COVID-19 Update

June 3, 2020

Executive Order 65 permits zoological parks to open during phase two of the reopening process. Guidelines on how and when the Metro Richmond Zoo will reopen as a walk-in park will be released next week. Drive-Thru Tours are currently being scheduled through June 13th.

May 12, 2020

Executive Order 61 from the Governor mandates that the Metro Richmond Zoological Park remain closed during phase one of the reopening process. We will remain closed until further guidance from the Governor. However, a new, temporary Drive-Thru Tour is now open!

April 30, 2020

Zoo members: Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times. We miss you! We look forward to when we can open our gates again.

By order of the Governor, the Zoo has been temporarily closed since March 25th. As a result, we will be extending all active zoo memberships for the amount of time the Zoo is closed.

When we know our opening date, we will post a chart online showing the new expiration date for all memberships.

April 6, 2020

Animals at the Zoo continue to receive the same, great care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our essential, animal care staff members have divided into two working teams that are on a 10 hour, daily shift schedule to limit the contact between staff members. All essential employees that are reporting to work are practicing social distancing. Our keepers are taking extra precautions when working with primates and cats by donning masks and gloves. We are so grateful for our zoo team that is working hard to care for the animals under these circumstances.

The Zoo remains closed in accordance with orders by the Governor. We look forward to the day we can open our gates again. This situation is fluid and evolving, and we will send updates as necessary.

Everyone, please stay healthy.

March 24, 2020

We are closed.  The Governor issued Executive Order 53 that included closing the Metro Richmond Zoological Park from March 25, 2020 until May 14th, 2020.

March 21, 2020

We know getting outdoors and into nature is so important for our health as we navigate these trying times.  We have taken the following steps to ensure an easy practice of social distancing for our guest experience: limit our guest capacity into the Zoological Park to only 25%, offer a complete hands free check-in experience,  closed all tight spaces, and temporarily suspended animal feeding by guests.  Please read more about this and our new COVID-19 Check-in Procedures

March 17, 2020

We are still open and operating with the previously mentioned adjustments.  Here are our latest safety adjustments; the Zoo’s gift shop and Membership center will only allow a maximum of 10 persons to enter at a time in order to stay compliant with the White House Administration and the Governors’ recommendations for minimizing our gathering points to no more than 10 people.   

March 14, 2020

Dear Friends,

Metro Richmond Zoo is a family of employees, members, guests and supporters who make up our community. We are facing unprecedented challenges navigating around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The situation continues to evolve daily and our priority is to protect the health and welfare of our staff, visitors and the wildlife in our care.

In addition to having incredible up close animal experiences, visiting the Metro Richmond zoo provides important family time, wonderful educational experiences, a chance to escape from our daily cares and get outside in the fresh air and enjoy a little exercise all surrounded by the wonders of nature.

The staff at the zoo are committed to providing the healthiest environments for our animals and guests. In addition to our regular cleaning procedures, more sanitizing dispensers are being placed in the zoo as well as increasing the daily cleaning activities including to routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g. doors, door knobs, counter tops, vending machines, rides and bathrooms) in the gift shop, pass center and throughout the zoo. All keeper talks are cancelled and we have temporarily closed the following areas: kids playground, bat building, carousel, and train ride. The zoo is situated on 150 acres and all of the exhibits, public walkways and eating areas are outdoors in the open air which allows plenty of space for social distancing. 

This situation is fluid and evolving. Our park remains open as scheduled. We are monitoring the CDC’s evolving standards, as well as county and state government advisories, and will update  you as the situation progresses. 

Thank you for being a member of the Metro Richmond Zoo family. 



Jim Andelin


Metro Richmond Zoo

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