Virginia Zoo receives over $117K in donations since April, working to meet challenge grant

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 09:41:28-04

NORFOLK, Va. - In April, the Virginia Zoo started an Emergency fund which resulted in $117,000 from almost 1,000 donors. Recently, a donor gave the Zoo a challenge grant for an additional $100,000 for donations that have come in after May 20.

The Zoo still needs to reach an additional $100k before getting the donor’s $100k.

The Zoo needs donations to maintain the care and outstanding care they provide to the animals, officials said. At the moment the Zoo is only allowed to be at a quarter (25 percent) of its full capacity which comes at an unfortunate time with the summer being the most profitable time for the Zoo.

“Zoo Education staff are helping where other staff have been furloughed, providing guest services, such as wayfinding or sanitizing, in addition to creating content for schools and summer camp,” Greg Bockheim, Executive Director of the Virginia Zoo said. “It’s been spectacular to see the community – near and far – come to our aid with their generous donations. Not to mention, the staff who have gone above and beyond to enhance the Zoo virtually and in-person through a safe and fun experience.”

The 119-year-old Zoo houses more than 700 exceptional animals representing over 100 unique species.

Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Capital Group have all donated to the fund. Donations can be made at