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Metro Richmond Zoo

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Closed Now: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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What a fantastic zoo experience.

On a rain threatening day (end of a fading hurricane) we visited this zoo, which is a private... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2018
Paul U
Wodonga, Australia
Great zoo for a metropolitan area of this size.

Great outing for kids of all ages. Well marked and self guided. Plenty of opportunities to see... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Glade Valley, North Carolina
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The Zoo opened to the public on April 22, 1995. Over the years, the Metro Richmond Zoo has grown to 120 acres. The Zoo is now home to over 2,000 animals, representing 180 different species from around the world.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
8300 Beaver Bridge Rd, Moseley, VA 23120-1437
+1 804-739-5666
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This zoo is a joke. I felt sorry for the animals there. Listless, no landscaping for them to enjoy. Would hope they would transfer what animals they have to better zoos.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My students were super excited about this trip. They were not disappointed. The staff were helpful and accommodating. We will be back again and again and again!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Judith G
Reviewed 4 November 2018

On a rain threatening day (end of a fading hurricane) we visited this zoo, which is a private business, with friends. Many great enclosures and too numerous were the interesting animals. The giraffes were a highlight for us as the design allows you to get...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

We visited after tropical storm Michael knocked out power, but almost everything was running. Go in the morning when animals are active. Recent additions of pgymy hippos, lion cubs and baby animals add to the list of good times that starts with feeding the giraffes.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tricia H
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

I seriously love this place. I really wish they were open on Sunday's. Our two favorite attractions are the giraffes and feeding the birds.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank elizabethmN7760YT
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Great outing for kids of all ages. Well marked and self guided. Plenty of opportunities to see exotics unclose and personal. Giraffes (can touch and feed), bears, tigers, lions, monkeys, meerkats (really cute) and many many more. Sky lift and tram rides available for different...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

This zoo is fantastic. The giraffes are a special treat. You can feed them and touch them. There are many animals to feed.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank G6981CApatricias
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

The zoo is pretty cool full of baby animals which shows the animals here are happy! The cable cars were awesome as was the train ride which goes through an area where the animals are free roaming!!! They also have a ropes course with zip...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank joannef1964
Reviewed 27 July 2018

The zoo is terrific with animals appearing healthy and likable. Lots of room and exhibits, clean and friendly. Lots of parking and shaded areas.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank skipd24
Reviewed 16 July 2018

We went to this zoo when my son was about 5 and decided to have a Family Fun day again. He is now 24. This zoo has expanded somewhat but is in need of a bit of a makeover. First let me say we had...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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27 September 2016|
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Response from 1975Asheville10 | Reviewed this property |
Depends, I could stay all day. Adults just walking through could get around in a couple of hours, but that's note the best way to enjoy this zoo. I love watching the animals. When I took my Grands 4 & 8 we probably stayed... More
14 September 2016|
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Response from Janae H | Reviewed this property |
Web site says outside food and coolers are allowed. Picnic areas with umbrellas and covered pavilion area in park. Food is also available in the park. Pavilion has shade because of the cover. Occasional bench is in shade.
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10 August 2016|
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Response from wvjake | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the guidelines for establishing habitats; I do know that for a small, probably underfunded, zoo that there are open areas for the animals, a safari type area with some rare species, and what seems to be a good... More