Our world is changing, and we are gradually becoming more aware of the challenges facing our wildlife. Conservation of wild species, animals and plants alike, and their wild homes is what the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Virginia Zoo are all about. But it’s in our own backyards that we can make the biggest difference in preserving our natural habitats.
Lafayette Park began its acquisition of animals in 1900, but did not officially become the Lafayette Zoological Park until 1901 when deemed a city park by the City of Norfolk.
Today, the Virginia Zoo spans 53 acres adjacent to Lafayette Park and is bordered by the Lafayette River. Zoo “residents” from around the world include more than 500 animals representing more than 100 different species. The Lafayette Zoological Park was accredited in 1974 and continues to adhere to the high standards set by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. In 1985, the park became the Virginia Zoological Park and is now called the Virginia Zoo.
The Virginia Zoological Park is committed to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world.
This mission is accomplished in the following ways.
By demonstrating leadership in wildlife conservation and animal welfare.
Providing a broad audience with outstanding and unique educational opportunities that lead to the appreciation and stewardship of nature.
Inspiring and serving their community with engaging, meaningful, safe and memorable experiences.
Providing innovative zoological facilities for events and programs that contribute to the region’s economic vitality.
By demonstrating organizational excellence consistent with a commitment to outstanding service, progressive resource management and environmental leadership.
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