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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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 3 or 4 hours and didn't see everything, but I didn't rush them. We took our time hand feeding the giraffes, watching fish and turtles eat our leftover giraffe food. Stayed with the little birds feeding them seeds from sticks on our hands through multiple purchases of sticks and still didn't want to leave. Watched snakes be fed mice too!
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.
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
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 view of keeping the animals comfortable and stimulated. I'm sure the zoo management would be happy to really give you information on what they are doing and what they are planning.