SCOOP: New name, new ownership and new mission for Reston’s Roer’s Zoofari

Reid says the company plans to “expand on animals, offerings, ethics, and family-friendly adventure,” but declined to comment further.

“The architectural renderings planned improvements are still under production. A family-friendly atmosphere will always remain,” he said.

This isn’t the first time the zoo has changed hands. Vanessa and Jacob Roer took ownership of the facility in 2016, when it was called Reston Zoo. 

The zoo was shaken by tragedy in 2021 when a fire killed two giraffes: Waffles — a giraffe described as the heart of the zoo — and his new companion, Belgian. 

The fire originated from a heater that was being used in the area. A petition called for the zoo to be shut down for “inhumane treatment of animals,” though other than the fire, all of the incidents cited occurred under previous owners.

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