Animal Experiences

Come face to face with the wild

Feel the intensity of a tiger’s stare. Get up close to a cheetah with nothing but a 1 inch glass between you and the world’s fastest animal. Our exhibits provide guests with spectacular, close-up views of the animals and unforgettable encounters. Exhibits at the Metro Richmond Zoo are spacious and designed to mimic the animal’s natural habitat. All animals at the Zoo have food, water, shelter, and access to medical care at all times.

Feed the giraffes

Meet our gentle giants. At 18 feet tall, giraffes are the world’s tallest mammal. At the Zoo, guests get the unique opportunity to feed our giraffe herd. Zoo Treat cups are $3.00 each. They can be purchased at the front entrance or Penguin Falls Café. Federal law requires guests to only feed animals food provided by the Zoo. Please help keep our animals safe.

Immerse yourself in the budgie aviary

Enter the budgie aviary and watch as colorful and lively budgies fly around and land on you! Guests can feed the birds by purchasing $2.00 budgie sticks. Budgie sticks are required for your group to enter the exhibit.

Learn from the pros

Are you crazy about animals and want to know more about them? Join us for our daily Keeper Talks. Ask questions and learn about your favorite animals from our professional zoo staff. Keeper Talks are fun, educational, and free with admission.

Keeper Talk Schedule

Penguin feeding

Our penguins are fed daily at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Come watch as a zoo keeper feeds over 40 penguins and keeps track of each of their individual diets. You will have an opportunity to ask questions following the feeding. Arrive early as there is usually a large crowd. After the feeding, grab a treat or meal at Penguin Falls Café.

Make new friends

Meet, greet, and feed the Zoo’s barnyard animals. See goats, camels, llamas, chickens, sheep, and more. Feed them with Zoo Treat cups. Remember to hold your hand flat when feeding the animals and ONLY feed them zoo treats provided by the Zoo. Don’t forget to sanitize your hands after feeding the animals at the sanitation stations located nearby feeding areas. No plastic bags of any kind. Help keep our animals safe and our park clean.

Family fun

Make unforgettable family memories with our 2,000 exotic animals!

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