Metro Richmond Zoo

Home to over 2,000 animals, the Metro Richmond Zoo brings wildlife from across the globe into the heart of Virginia from endangered orangutans and Bengal tigers to Burmese pythons. Groups visiting the zoo will view live animal presentations, partake in interactive talks with zookeepers about the animals they care for, and even have the opportunity to hand feed giraffes and other animals. The Safari Train Ride allows visitors to explore an area of the zoo not accessible by foot, and the Sky Ride provides a bird’s eye view of the animals and terrains below. A playground and Jungle Carousel are also available for younger visitors to enjoy.

Contact Info 
Address: 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd, Moseley, VA 23120. Chesterfield County. Tel: 804-739-5666. Email: info@metrorichmondzoo.comWebsite: www.metrorichmondzoo.comHrs: Mon.-Sat. 9:30AM-5PM.

Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Programs. Recomm. Length of Visit: 3-4 hours. Cost: Fee.

Zoos Fun Facts

The giraffe’s tongue is black to prevent sunburn while eating in the hot sun. Their spots, which are as unique as human fingerprints, are designed for camouflage. They also need less sleep than any other mammal, using the time instead to browse for food.

When visiting the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways that the animals have adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them to survive.

Most zoos provide free educational resources to make your trip more meaningful; some offer group tours. You can also ask about animal feeding times or other events and plan your trip accordingly.