Zip the Zoo

See the Metro Richmond Zoo from a new perspective!

Feel the Rush

Conquer 15 ziplines on 3,000+ feet total!

Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure

Treetop Zoofari is Richmond’s first and largest ziplining park!

Celebrating 10 YEARS of Ziplining Fun!

Treetop Zoofari Est. 2014

TREETOP ZOOFARI IS

Richmond's First and Largest Zipline and Adventure Park

At the coolest location ever!

ZIP THE METRO RICHMOND ZOO

Which course will you conquer?

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HOURS

Open year-round Monday – Saturday

Closed Sundays

SAFETY FIRST

All participants will learn to use the safety equipment and must pass a training orientation

ONLINE RESERVATIONS

Save time – make reservations online!

JUNIOR EXPLORER COURSE

The Junior Explorer Course is the perfect introduction to aerial adventures for children and beginners! The course has floating logs, bridges, and more fun obstacles through the forest and over a beautiful creek. Travel tree-to-tree until touching down on the final zipline.

The course has two levels with challenges ranging from 5-12 feet in the air on level one and 12-25 feet on the optional level two. Come build your confidence while safely harnessed on this 60 to 90-minute adventure!

Minimum Age

4 Years Old

Maximum Weight

250 Lbs

# of Ziplines

Minimum Height

40″ Tall

Chaperone*

Required for ages 4-17

# of Challenges

Minimum Age

4 Years Old

Chaperone*

Required for ages 4-17

Minimum Height

40″ Tall

# of Ziplines

Maximum Weight

250 Lbs

# of Challenges

$28 per participant

Includes: 1 trip through the course, safety equipment rental, 10-minute training session, access to trained team members if needed, family access to walk along their participant

Waivers are required for every participant

Open year-round, Monday – Saturday | Closed Sundays

To see training session start times, view the online calendar by scheduling below:

Discounts

Junior and Zoo Combo: Save $5 per person when you purchase a combo ticket to visit the zoo and Junior Explorer course on the same day.

Zoo Member Discount: Zoo members receive a discount voucher for 20% off the Junior Explorer course. The unique voucher code is emailed to the individual who purchased the memberships and is included at the bottom of the order receipt email sent at the time of purchase. Redeem online to schedule a visit. See how to redeem voucher.

Group Discount: Save 10% on the Junior Explorer course when you purchase 10 or more junior tickets in the same transaction. Discount applied automatically online and at the gate. For groups larger than 15, submit an inquiry.

Summer Safari Discount: Junior Summer Safari campers save 20% on the Junior Explorer Course when they participate at the 2:30 PM training time on the day of the child’s camp visit. Discount applied at the zoo, not online.

Chaperone* Rules

Participating Chaperone required for ages 4-6

    • Chaperone must be 18+
    • Parent may designate someone age 12+ to be the participating chaperone if the parent is present on junior course grounds
    • Participating chaperone needs a ticket
    • Chaperone/child ratio is 1:3

Walking Chaperone required for ages 7-15

    • Chaperone must be 18+
    • Walking chaperone does not need a ticket
    • Chaperone/child ratio is 1:5
    • Participants ages 16-17 must have a chaperone on zoo premises at all times while on the course

Don’t have the required participating chaperone?

Schedule a team member as a chaperone for $50 by calling at least 5 days in advance. This option is not guaranteed and is subject to availability.

What to Expect & How to Be Prepared

What to Expect

  • Buy tickets in advance and complete the waiver
  • Arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your session start time
  • Check-in at the Treetop Zoofari building
  • Put on harnesses and pass a training session
  • Begin the journey and have fun!
    • The course is self-guided. Participants clip themselves into the red safety line. The Junior Explorer Course is located centrally in the forest and consists primarily of obstacles. The obstacles may be challenging, and the course requires an athletic ability to complete. Participants must be able to climb a ladder while harnessed in.

What to Wear

  • Closed-toe athletic footwear (no sandals, flip-flops, crocs, slippers, etc.)
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing
  • Camera with security strap welcome
  • Small, lightweight bags or fanny packs welcome
  • Long hair must be pulled back
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent recommended
Course Rules, Safety Regulations, & Refund/Rescheduling Policies

Course Rules

  • All participants must complete a waiver. The waiver for minors under 18 must be completed by their parent or legal guardian.
  • Issued wristbands must be worn during the course. Removal of wristbands results in invalidation.
  • Participants must pass a training session before beginning.
  • Participants must use the provided safety equipment.
  • Participants must be clipped into the red safety line at all times.
  • Participants must follow directions from team members.
  • No horseplay like jumping or bouncing on the course.
  • Taunting of animals, zoo guests, team members, or other participants is strictly prohibited.

Safety Regulations

  • Both courses are physically demanding.
  • Stay hydrated before and during the experience.
  • Pregnant women are prohibited from participating.
  • In severe weather, follow all directions from team members for safe evacuation.
  • Participants can request at any point to get down and will exit with team member help at the next safest point.
  • Violating any course rule or safety regulation will result in removal from the course.

Refund Policy

  • All sales are final. No refunds or rainchecks.
  • No refunds will be issued to anyone removed from the course for failure to follow safety regulations.

Rescheduling Policy

  • Guests can reschedule their tickets through the order management link on the order receipt up to one hour before the event.
  • Available reservation times may vary when rescheduling.
  • Group deposits are not refundable.

Zoo admission is not included or required for Treetop Zoofari.

Read What They’re Saying About Us

★★★★★

“I will be coming back several times a year. This will easily become my newest hobby. It was so much fun and exciting, especially going over the animal-enclosures!”

Google Review by Tyler

★★★★★

“Such attention to safety. Friendly patient staff. Wonderful experience from start to finish.”

Google Review by Sally

★★★★★

“My 11-year old daughter and I had such a wonderful time doing the Treetop Safari. Loved that we could move through at our own pace and enjoy the beautiful woods and zoo from above. Great support team on the ground checked in with us often.”

Google Review by Lynn

★★★★★

“We had never been ziplining or on a ropes course before, and we all had a fantastic time! Everything felt so safe and fun.”

Google Review by Nirali

★★★★★

“What a great way to spend the afternoon! After a great safety briefing explaining all the things to look for and do we had a blast completing challenges and zipping through the trees and around the zoo. Our favorite part was when we zipped over the zoo getting an aerial view of the awesome animals! If you like an adventure and a little challenge, this activity is a must do!”

Google Review by Maureen

★★★★★

“It was a fun challenging course for my husband, who said he’d do it again anytime. Great Valentine’s Day gift!”

Google Review by Christina

★★★★★

“Made a reservation ahead of time, it was awesome!!! Everyone was super nice. It was our first time ziplining EVER, and the instructions were super clear. The obstacle course was a little challenging at times, but it’s set up really well for safety, and I had an amazing time”

Google Review by Janis

★★★★★

“We came with our 5 year old today and had a great experience. Everyone we interacted with was patient and kind. Our child was timid at times but we were not made to feel rushed or a burden. We’ve been to the zoo twice so far and have been very impressed with the genuine politeness of everyone that we have interacted with.”

Google Review by Keri-Anne

★★★★★

“This is my 4th time doing the zip line safari and it’s always been a blast!”

Google Review by Kristy

★★★★★

“This is a great way to celebrate a teen birthday! Kids are challenged by the course, they build team spirit, and then they celebrate their accomplishment at the end.
The staff was attentive and encouraging. They also were knowledgeable and professional. Great Richmond adventure.”

Google Review by LA

★★★★☆

“4 years in a row! 2X each year! Wonderful adventure!”

Google Review by Elizabeth

★★★★★

“My first time zip lining and it was so much fun! Great experience and a fun challenging course plus you get to see the animals!! The staff and crew walk you through everything and were very kind and patient! I highly recommend it!!!”

Google Review by Kara

TREETOP ZOOFARI COURSE

This is our premier course! Experience nature like never before – high in the forest canopy and above the zoo. Zipline over diverse wildlife like tapirs, capybaras, toucans, gazelles, monkeys, emus, and kangaroos, and see areas of the zoo you can’t visit on foot. The journey begins in the forest with obstacles like jungle ropes, floating logs, tight wires, bridges, ladders, and a surfboard zip, and continues around the zoo with soaring ziplines. Travel tree-to-tree until touching down on the final zipline.

The Treetop Zoofari Course boasts 25 challenges and 15 ziplines ranging from 12-45 feet in the air. Participants fly over 3,000 feet on ziplines including a mammoth 600-foot zip over the zoo’s lake. Twice during the trek, the course shortly diverges into challenging and intermediate routes. Enjoy the ultimate adventure while safely harnessed on this 2 to 3-hour zoofari!

Minimum Age

8 Years Old

Maximum Weight

250 Lbs

# of Ziplines

Minimum Height

54″ Tall

Chaperone*

Required for ages 8-17

# of Challenges

Minimum Age

8 Years Old

Chaperone*

Required for ages 8-17

Minimum Height

54″ Tall

# of Ziplines

Maximum Weight

250 Lbs

# of Challenges

$55 per participant

Includes: 1 trip through the course, safety equipment rental, 20-minute training session, access to trained team members if needed, amazing views of the zoo from above

Waivers are required for every participant

Open year-round, Monday – Saturday | Closed Sundays

To see training session start times, view the online calendar by scheduling below:

Discounts

Zip and Zoo Combo: Save $8 per person when you purchase a combo ticket to visit the zoo and Treetop Zoofari course on the same day.

Zoo Member Discount: Zoo members receive a discount voucher for 20% off the Treetop Zoofari course. The unique voucher code is emailed to the individual who purchased the memberships and is included at the bottom of the order receipt email sent at the time of purchase. Redeem online to schedule a visit. See how to redeem voucher.

Group Discount: Save 10% on the Treetop Zoofari course when you purchase 10 or more treetop tickets in the same transaction. Discount applied automatically online and at the gate. For groups larger than 15, submit an inquiry.

Chaperone* Rules

Participating Chaperone required for ages 8-15

    • Chaperone must be 18+
    • Participating chaperone needs a ticket
    • Chaperone/child ratio is 1:5
    • Participants ages 16-17 must have a chaperone on zoo premises at all times while on the course

Don’t have the required participating chaperone?

Schedule a team member as a chaperone for $100 by calling at least 5 days in advance. This option is not guaranteed and is subject to availability.

What to Expect & How to Be Prepared

What to Expect

  • Buy tickets in advance and complete the waiver
  • Arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your session start time
  • Check-in at the Treetop Zoofari building
  • Put on harnesses and pass a training session
  • Begin the zoofari, have fun, and look for wildlife below!
    • The course is self-guided. Participants clip themselves into the red safety line and brake manually on ziplines with gloves. The first half of the Treetop Zoofari Course is in the forest and consists primarily of obstacles. The second half is around the zoo with mostly ziplines. The obstacles can be challenging, and the course requires an athletic ability to complete. Participants must be able to climb a ladder while harnessed in.

What to Wear

  • Closed-toe athletic footwear (no sandals, flip-flops, crocs, slippers, etc.)
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing
  • Camera with security strap welcome
  • Small, lightweight bags or fanny packs welcome
  • Long hair must be pulled back
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent recommended
Course Rules, Safety Regulations, & Refund/Rescheduling Policies

Course Rules

  • All participants must complete a waiver. The waiver for minors under 18 must be completed by their parent or legal guardian.
  • Issued wristbands must be worn during the course. Removal of wristbands results in invalidation.
  • Participants must pass a training session before beginning.
  • Participants must use the provided safety equipment.
  • Participants must be clipped into the red safety line at all times.
  • Participants must follow directions from team members.
  • No horseplay like jumping or bouncing on the course.
  • Taunting of animals, zoo guests, team members, or other participants is strictly prohibited.

Safety Regulations

  • Both courses are physically demanding.
  • Stay hydrated before and during the experience.
  • Pregnant women are prohibited from participating.
  • In severe weather, follow all directions from team members for safe evacuation.
  • Participants can request at any point to get down and will exit with team member help at the next safest point.
  • Violating any course rule or safety regulation will result in removal from the course.

Refund Policy

  • All sales are final. No refunds or rainchecks.
  • No refunds will be issued to anyone removed from the course for failure to follow safety regulations.

Rescheduling Policy

  • Guests can reschedule their tickets through the order management link on the order receipt up to one hour before the event.
  • Available reservation times may vary when rescheduling.
  • Group deposits are not refundable.

Zoo admission is not included or required for Treetop Zoofari.

Treetop Zoofari is Richmond's Premier Ziplining Park

We have the most challenges and ziplines in Richmond for the best value at the WILDEST location!

Why go anywhere else?

FAQs

What and where is Treetop Zoofari?

Treetop Zoofari is a zipline and adventure park located at the Metro Richmond Zoo. The park offers two courses: the Junior Explorer Course and the Treetop Zoofari Course.

Both courses are self-guided and participants traverse the tree-to-tree challenges and ziplines at their own pace by clipping themselves.

The park shares the same address as the zoo: 8300 Beaver Bridge Road, Moseley, VA 23120. The treetop building is in the parking lot to the left of the zoo entrance.

How much is Treetop Zoofari?

The Treetop Zoofari Course is $55 per participant. The Junior Explorer Course is $28 per participant.

Which course should I choose?

The Junior Explorer Course is best for children and beginners ages 4+.

The Treetop Zoofari Course is more advanced and is great for families and individuals (ages 8+).

Click here to compare our courses.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes. All participants must sign a waiver before beginning. The waiver for minors under 18 must be completed by their parent or legal guardian. The waiver should be completed before arrival to expedite the check-in process.

Do I need a reservation and what are the hours?

Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online to reserve a spot and save time. Walk-ins are available if the training session is not already full.

Treetop Zoofari is open year-round, Monday – Saturday. Closed Sundays. To see training session start times, view the online calendar.

What is the zip and zoo combo ticket?

The zip and zoo (or junior and zoo) is a combo discount ticket for guests who plan to do the course and visit the zoo on the same day. Guests must check in these combo tickets at the treetop zoofari building to receive a zip and zoo wristband for entry to the zoo.

Do zoo members get a discount?

Zoo members receive a discount voucher for 20% off Treetop Zoofari. The unique voucher code is emailed to the individual who purchased the memberships and is included at the bottom of the order receipt email sent at the time of purchase. Redeem online to schedule a visit.

Do you have group discounts?

Absolutely! We offer discounts for groups of 10 or more participants. Treetop Zoofari is perfect for your next group outing. Click here for more information.

Is zoo admission included with Treetop?

No. Zoo admission is not included or required for Treetop Zoofari. Only zip and zoo (or junior and zoo) combo tickets allow guests to experience the zoo and zipline on the same day.

What are the height, weight, and age requirements?

Junior Explorer: ages 4+, 40″ or taller, 250 lbs max weight

Treetop Zoofari: ages 8+, 54″ or taller, 250 lbs max weight

What are the chaperone rules?

See the Treetop Zoofari or Junior Explorer pages for the chaperone rules required for that course.

What should I wear?

Participants should wear athletic/comfortable clothing with closed-toe athletic footwear. No sandals, flip-flops, crocs, slippers, etc. Long hair must be pulled back. Small fanny packs or lightweight bags are permitted. Cameras (including GoPros) with safety straps are allowed. A jacket can be worn over your harness in cooler weather.

If guests have the incorrect shoes, they can reschedule for another day/time or purchase a $10 shoe rental (our sizes are limited).

What animals will I see?

Participants on the Treetop Zoofari Course can see tapirs, capybaras, toucans, gazelles, monkeys, emus, kangaroos, antelope, flamingos, siamangs, and more.

Unlike treetop, the Junior Explorer Course does not zipline above the zoo, so participants will only see sheep, goats, and pigs.

How long does it take?

The course duration from check-in to finish depends on skill set, time of day, weather, and how busy the course is.

The Junior Explorer Course generally takes 60 – 90 minutes to complete.

Most guests finish the Treetop Zoofari Course in 2-3 hours, although some can do both in less time.

What equipment will I use?

Participants will wear a safety harness with two carabiner clips and one zipline trolley and use gloves. All equipment is provided. Junior Explorer harnesses do not have a zipline trolley and the participants don’t need gloves.

Can I bring my own equipment?

No. Participants must use equipment provided by the zoo.

Guests’ personal leather gloves may be permitted for use on Treetop Zoofari if approved upon staff inspection.

Is it safe?

We pride ourselves in providing a safe environment for outdoor adventure. All participants will wear harnesses and learn to use the safety equipment. Participants must pass a training orientation before beginning either course. Participants must be clipped into the red safety line at all times. Trained team members monitor participants the entire time.

Our equipment and courses are inspected regularly.

All adventure park activities come with inherent risks. Treetop Zoofari was designed and built to ANSI, ASD, and ACCT standards by Treetop Concept.

Is water available?

Drink plenty of water before starting. In the summer, we offer 3 water stations with complimentary cups throughout the Treetop Zoofari Course.

Where do I store personal belongings?

We do not have lockers, so most personal belongings should be left in your vehicles out of sight. Our team members can hold keys, phones, etc. inside the building. They will retrieve them after completing the course. We will not hold wallets with cash or credit cards.

Small fanny packs and lightweight bags are permitted on the course to hold personal items. If you drop an item, it may not be able to be retrieved depending on where it fell.

The zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal belongings.

How do I change my reservation?

Guests can reschedule their tickets through the order management link on the order receipt email up to one hour before the event.

What happens if it rains or storms?

Both courses are open rain or shine. The trees in the forest provide decent coverage from rain. You can come prepared with a rain jacket and enjoy your visit or reschedule your tickets through the order management link on your order receipt email up to one hour before.

During severe weather (thunderstorms), team members will evacuate participants to safety. After the storm passes, participants can go back up on the course. If the course closes due to severe weather and depending on where you were taken down, you may be allowed to return in the next 30 days and complete the course from where you were removed.

How do I stop on the ziplines?

Participants brake manually with a gloved hand on the Treetop Zoofari Course. They will be taught how to do this and practice during the training session before beginning the course. Braking is an important and required skill to learn.

The ziplines on the Junior Explorer Course do not require manual braking.

Can I choose to get down early?

Both courses travel tree-to-tree until touching down on the final zip. However, there are a few early exits participants can choose to take if they wish to get down early.

All sales are final. No refunds or rainchecks are given, including to guests who choose to end their adventure early.

What happens if I can't pass the training session or change my mind about the course?

All sales are final. No refunds or rainchecks. For guests who can’t pass the training session or change their minds before beginning the course, a training session fee (25% of the regular ticket) will be taken from the original payment and the remaining balance will be returned on a zoo gift certificate.

No refunds or rainchecks once a guest begins the course.

Can I watch my friends on the course without participating myself?

For the Junior Explorer Course, guests can watch their friends and family on the entire course and follow along on the path below.

This is not possible for the Treetop Zoofari Course since it travels far distances around the park. The forest section is not visible to non-participating guests. The only way to watch the treetop course is from the parking lot or back deck to see the final ziplines. Or you can enter the zoo with admission and watch the ziplines in the zoo.

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Have a group of 10+ people?

Come to Treetop Zoofari for your next group outing for some serious team-building and outdoor fun. Whether it’s a birthday party, youth group, or corporate event we’ve got you covered!

Save 10% when you purchase 10 or more tickets for the same course in the same transaction. Discount applied automatically online and at the gate.

For groups larger than 15, submit an inquiry for a custom quote. The larger your group, the greater the discount you receive!

YOUTH / CHURCH / TEAMS / SCOUT GROUPS

CORPORATE EVENTS / BACHELOR / BACHELORETTE PARTIES

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Ziplining is more fun with a big group of friends, family, coworkers, or classmates! What are you waiting for?

Treetop Zoofari is the WILDEST adventure in the Richmond area

Conquer 15 ziplines and see tapirs, toucans, capybaras, gazelles, monkeys, emus, kangaroos, flamingos, and more diverse wildlife while doing it!

TREETOP NIGHTS

$80 per participant

Includes: 1 trip through the course after hours, safety equipment rental, 20-minute training session, access to trained team members

Waivers are required for every participant

Available year-round by special request only

A group of 4+ participants is required to book. Submit an inquiry to schedule Treetop Nights.

Treetop Nights is a unique after-hours adventure park expedition! When the sun sets, grab your headlamps so the adventure can continue.

Treetop Nights is a guided experience through the Treetop Zoofari Course at night. A team member will lead the way and another will follow behind the group. All participants wear the provided headlamps.

All Treetop Zoofari Course rules, restrictions, chaperone ratios, and safety regulations apply to Treetop Nights. Review the Treetop Zoofari Course information here.

Treetop Nights Tips

    • Previous participation in either of our courses during the day is recommended but not required
    • Recommended start time is about 30 minutes before sunset
      • Best start times in summer: 8:00 & 8:30 PM
      • Best start times in spring/fall: 7:00 & 7:30 PM
    • We are flexible and will work with your schedule
    • Submit an inquiry to let us know you are interested and we will coordinate an awesome experience for you!

TREETOP ZOOFARI

Offers rewarding adventure, confidence building, and outdoor exercise

FEEL THE BREEZE

As you zip 600 feet over the zoo’s lake