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Metro Richmond Zoo

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Address: 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd, Moseley, VA 23120-1437
Phone Number: +1 804-739-5666
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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The Zoo opened to the public on April 22, 1995. Over the years, the Metro...

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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A Perfect Day Trip

This is the most delightful little zoo. Privately owned but what a great place. Lots of animals, very well laid out. You can feed the giraffes and they come up close enough that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 24, 2014
Susan J
Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
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Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

This is the most delightful little zoo. Privately owned but what a great place. Lots of animals, very well laid out. You can feed the giraffes and they come up close enough that you can actually touch one. Lots of monkeys, lemurs, penguins and more.. A really, really nice place. We will definitely be returning for another visit.

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San Francisco, California
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187 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

fantastic little zoo. both children and adults will like. even a zipline for those adventuresome folks. the zoo is modern where the animals can roam and than the typical old style zoo. we all enjoyed it especially the ability to feed the animals. btw the giraffes are pigs and will eat all your food. wear a hat here in the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

Went today with my son, and I have to say I would never go back. Enclosures are small, the glass to look through is dirty/cloudy, we didn't see a lot of animals. There is nothing exciting and the price was too high for the quality. ($27 for myself and 2yr. Old) I would pay double that to go to a... More 

1 Thank Jess-Levi
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

I don't know what the people who wrote the positive reviews were talking about. This zoo is absolutely filthy, full of tiny cages and sickly animals, and probably the most depressing place I've ever been. I can't imagine how this zoo promotes conservation of animals in the wild in any way. At $16 per person, they are clearly more interested... More 

3 Thank iheartSL
Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

Very nice zoo with a nice selection of animals - went with our son & family and their two-year-old son who really enjoyed it. Our favorite part was the aviary where you can feed parakeets from your hand. They land on you and kids love it (I did too!) Some of the pens were empty with no explanation which was... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

some enclosures are adequate others are too small for the creatures they hold, though all animals seemed well cared for. walk is not too strenuous

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014

This zoo was horrible and filthy, some of the animlas apeared sick. The enclosures were small, many dirty, and not much in the way of enrichment. The water (when there was any) was often dirty and smelly. I will not be going back and will be telling all of my friends.

3 Thank JenFelix
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Let me begin by saying that I do not like or believe in zoos. Having seen animals in the wild, there is no comparison. I felt that the enclosures for the animals were too small, not allowing them much room to move around. They all seemed listless. There was a good variety of animals to look at. The rest rooms... More 

Thank David H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Very nice mix of animals...enjoyed our trip. Monkeys and giraffes were our favorites animals, along with cheetahs and penguins

Thank Kacee L
Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

This is a private zoo that has grown over the years. With that said, that is particularly what is impressive; that it has grown and developed to be a great place to bring the family to get a close up look at a large variety of animals. I read one of the reviews that said it was dirty, we have... More 

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