I have visited this zoo off an on since I was a child. How it has changed. This zoo is accredited by the AZA and has worked hard to maintain that accreditation. The newer exhibits are well designed with natural barriers in many areas. When possible, animals are allowed to intermingle. There is a nice variety of animals but still feels a little sparse in some areas. The reptile and nocturnal exhibit building is showing its age. The barnyard and petting area is closed currently for renovation. The zoo is justifiably proud of its lion exhibit and has had good success with breeding (only mom and dad at present). There are baby squirrel monkeys and a new baby giraffe among others.
The pathways are easy to navigate. There is a small gauge train (a separate small fee) that takes you around the grounds but not where you can see many of the animals. But it is a nice way to learn about the zoo and the layout. Just inside the entrance are the dancing water fountains that are a hit with the kids and anyone else wanting to cool off.
The zoo also offers special events throughout the year which are usually well attended and have a modest fee.
The zoo is located next to Norfolk's Lafayette Park where there are picnic areas and playground equipment for those who may want to relax before or after.
A very nice way to spend the day.
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