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Metro Richmond Zoo

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Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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School field trip delight!

The school I work for visits the zoo once a year each spring, and I and my now adult children... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2018
Kelly V
via mobile
Great place!!

Nice, small zoo. Feeding the giraffes was fun. We went to see the big cats and were not... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Richard K
via mobile
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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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 yesterday via mobile

Some animals had little to no water, too many monkeys, need more variety of animals, more reptiles! No bald eagles! No wolfs or foxes the animals are underweight clearly not fed enough! The enclosures were run down and just lousy just throw the animals in...More

Thank 528keithr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sorry! Did not understand the nonstop costs. I appreciate this is a private zoo an trying to do environmental work and education but the nonstop costs add up for what is NOT that grand of a zoo. A few cool attractions with some playful animals...More

Thank jdad1978
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice, small zoo. Feeding the giraffes was fun. We went to see the big cats and were not disappointed. Lions, tigers, snow leopards and cheetahs. Great place for kids and the young at heart!!!

Thank Richard K
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Its pretty obvious that someone is skimping on upkeep. Everything here is dirty and worn down. The water is all stinking and green- every structure is dirty, the bathrooms are gross. The concession stand takes forever and is gross. This place is horrible. We won't...More

Thank jiffyjjackson
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

The school I work for visits the zoo once a year each spring, and I and my now adult children enjoyed visiting when they were little. It's a morning that is enjoyed by both the kids and parents alike. The staff are efficient in getting...More

Thank Kelly V
Reviewed 10 May 2018

This is not an impressive place. The cages are not that big for a lot of the animals.. It was a hot day and I did not see any water in most of the cages. It looked like they depend on rain to water some...More

3  Thank Adak C
Reviewed 1 May 2018

All the PreK classes in my school district go here every year and we love it! This is a small zoo so it only takes a few hours to see everything. They are able to get up close to most of the animals. Feeding the...More

Thank Sandra L
Reviewed 13 March 2018

This is a rather small zoo, great for the younger kids. So it was nice for us as we didn't spend hours here with toddlers. Spent just enough time to walk around and see all the animals, which were all visible. Highlight was the camels...More

1  Thank J2216UQamym
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

After reading many reviews of how wonderful this place is, we thought it would be a great place to take our animal loving daughter for her birthday. While the variety of animals was great, the overall zoo was very disappointing. Most of the buildings are...More

3  Thank thevibberts
Reviewed 27 February 2018

We were there in August of 2017 the place was dirty. Each exhibit we went in smelled awful. A lot of the animals were not visible due to the overgrown grass in some of the cages. We got there when it opened at 10 am...More

3  Thank southern47bell
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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.
Shanna T
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