Experience Reston’s Local Zoo

In a Whole New Light

Discover Nova Wild
Lumagica: The Great Migration Light Show

February 17 – April 9, 2023,
Thursday through Sunday
& everyday during Spring Break (April 3-7)

Discover the light show designed to educate, inspire, and rekindle your sense of wonder.
  • Explore 10 uniquely designed animal habitats
  • Discover more than a mile of trails that run through the property
  • Learn about wildlife across the globe, from the depths of the oceans to the tallest mountain ranges

A Local Treasure. Revitalized!

NOVA Wild is a non-profit organization that is revitalizing Reston’s local zoo. We opened our doors in early 2023, and everything is changing.

Animal Welfare

Our team of experts and veterinarians takes a science-based approach to wildlife care, giving the animals at Nova Wild every opportunity to thrive.


Human beings have a deep connection to nature. Nova Wild offers fun, interactive opportunities to learn about different animal species from around the world.


The earth’s wilderness and biodiversity are facing startling threats. Nova Wild is a non-profit zoo that financially supports international conservation efforts like the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

30 Acres of Wilderness in Your Own Backyard

NOVA Wild’s vast plot of land offers the unique opportunity to taste adventure and connect with nature firsthand—for an unforgettable experience.

Drive Through the Safari

Drive your own vehicle through NOVA Wild’s interactive safari, where you and your family can feed and connect with a wide array of wildlife, from watusis to Asian water buffalo.

Park Your Car & Explore - Coming Soon!

Once you’ve finished your safari, you can park the car and stroll through exhibits to discover cheetahs, lemurs, wallabies, goats, and more.

Up-close and Personal Experiences - Coming Soon!

Purchase tickets for special NOVA Wild Experiences, where you and your family can spend time with specific animals—from kangaroo joeys to capybaras—with a zookeeper by your side to answer all your questions.

Reignite Your Sense of Wonder

Enjoy an immersive experience that leaves a lasting impression on young people, especially those that have never experienced wildlife up close.

The Future Of Nova Wild

It’s been a wild ride so far, and this is just the beginning. Reston’s local zoo began half a century ago, and we’ve got all kinds of improvements planned.

We’re giving the facilities a modern makeover, and we’re working with leaders in animal care to create an amazing experience for everyone—from our local visitors to the animals that make it all possible.

Join us on the journey!