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 captive populations of many species. The Zoo is especially known nationwide for its successful conservation programs for the following endangered species: cheetah, African penguin, and Diana monkey. More information about our conservation efforts: https://metrorichmondzoo.com/conservation-efforts/