Exhibits and Events at the Virginia Zoo


Did you know that hundreds of animals call the Virginia Zoo home? This zoo dates back to when the Lafayette Park began acquiring animals in 1900. The zoo became the Lafayette Zoological Park the following year and was eventually renamed the Virginia Zoo in 1989.

Today, it is dedicated to protecting wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature.

Here are a few highlights you’ll find upon your visit:


Guests can spend the day exploring these exhibits:

North America

View North American creatures in this popular exhibit. One of the highlights is the United States’ new national mammal: the bison! This majestic animal can weigh between 700 and 2,000 pounds, and they primarily graze in grasslands and meadows.

Asia: Trail of the Tiger

This scenic exhibit is complete with cascading waterfalls and lush foliage. It features an array of animals from Asian countries, and visitors can see red pandas sunbathing, tiger cubs playing, and otters munching on treats.

Africa-Okavango Delta

Take a journey to the Africa-Okavango Delta to see impressive animals and an incredible collection of scenic landscapes. Along the way, you will see African lions, cheetahs, Masai giraffes, and so much more.


The zoo hosts a variety of events throughout the year such as:

Untamed Arts – Paint Night (January 18)

Led by the artists at Pinot’s Palette, this class teaches students how to paint a rhinoceros. Supplies are provided, and everyone is welcome!

Twilight Program: Zookeeper After Dark (January 27)

Fun for kids and adults alike, this adventure allows guests to find out what happens at the zoo once the lights go out. It includes an in-depth look at the keepers’ jobs, meeting the animals, educational lectures, and so much more.

The Virginia Zoo is just one of the many attractions that make our area a unique and exciting place to live. If you’re considering calling our Waypoint Apartments home, please contact us to schedule a tour.

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