Celebrating 25 Years

Apr 22, 2020

The zoo is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are still celebrating our anniversary. Twenty five years ago, the Metro Richmond Zoo opened to the public on April 22, 1995, with 250 animals.

The zoo has experienced tremendous growth over the years. Currently, the zoo is situated on 150 acres and is home to 2,000 animals representing 190 species from around the world. The animals at the zoo act as animal ambassadors for their wild counterparts to help inspire people to care about the survival of all animals. In 2019, an additional 30 acres of adjacent land was purchased which will allow for an expanded parking area and future animal exhibits.

The Metro Richmond Zoo is accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA). The Zoo participates with many other zoological parks from around the world in conservation programs directed by ZAA and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to manage populations of many species living in zoological parks. The zoo is especially known nationwide for its successful conservation programs for the following endangered species: cheetah, African penguin, and Diana monkey.

We look forward to the day when we can open our gates again to visitors. We have implemented several new additional safety measures to limit the number of guests in the park and ensure social distancing . In addition to having incredible up-close animal experiences, visiting the Metro Richmond Zoological Park provides important family time, wonderful educational experiences, a chance to escape from the stress of our current situation and get outside in the fresh air, and enjoy a little exercise all surrounded by the wonders of nature.


Update: The zoo reopened after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on June 15, 2020.

As of July 1, 2021, all executive orders placing COVID-19 restrictions have expired, and Virginia’s State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 has ended. The Metro Richmond Zoo is fully open.