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Natural Bridge Zoo

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5784 South Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
+1 540-291-2420
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Actual Elephant Ride

I didnt know this place even existed. I read horrible reviews and expected to be upset and ready to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
nubianredz
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Hampton, Virginia
via mobile
Zoo visit

Absolutely worth our trip with grandchildren aged 2,10, and 11. Lots of animals and clean place... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JoAnn F
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Heaters, West Virginia
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The Natural Bridge Zoo Park is and always has been privately owned and has never accepted any sort of federal, state, or local funding. The Natural Bridge Zoo opened its doors to the general public in 1972 and has been growing ever since. The main purpose for Natural Bridge Zoo has always been the propagation and rearing of threatened or endangered species. We try to offer students and the general public the opportunity to learn about the living animals, birds, and reptiles that share the earth with us. Many children have little or no contact with natural living things in their daily lives. While television programs are educational, there is nothing like standing next to a giraffe, getting nuzzled by a llama, hugging a baby dromedary camel, or gazing into the eyes of a huge white tiger to make you feel and appreciate our wonderful world of animals.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible17%
Travellers talk about
“elephant ride” (29 reviews)
“smaller zoo” (5 reviews)
“well taken care” (17 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
5784 South Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
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+1 540-291-2420
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"elephant ride"
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"smaller zoo"
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"well taken care"
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"baby monkey"
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"hand feed"
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"stuffed animals"
in 3 reviews
"take photos"
in 4 reviews
"great stop"
in 3 reviews
"walk around"
in 4 reviews
"road trip"
in 3 reviews
"elephants"
in 82 reviews
"tiger"
in 44 reviews
"goats"
in 28 reviews
"pet"
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"bears"
in 12 reviews
"parakeets"
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"pasture"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I didnt know this place even existed. I read horrible reviews and expected to be upset and ready to protest, but what I found was well cared for animals and a real effort to ensure they were comfortable. I do wish some of the spaces...More

Thank nubianredz
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely worth our trip with grandchildren aged 2,10, and 11. Lots of animals and clean place. All the children enjoyed.

Thank JoAnn F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awful conditions for all the animals. Enclosures too small, especially for the elephant, most other enclosures are filthy small cages. A travesty that this place who obviously only cares about money and not a bit about its animals is allowed to stay open.

Thank aucco1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great experience! Memories to last a lifetime! Tim the tour guide is awesome! Your admission goes towards providing these animals with a safe and loving environment.

Thank cassrgregory
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Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

It was fun. Feeding the animals was the best part. My kids are still talking about the parakeets landing on the sticks and the monkeys fighting

Thank Edward W
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

It was better than I expected. Quite a variety of animals. The animals appeared to be in good health. It was a little sad that most of their enclosures were little more than cages. No natural settings. Just cages. You could get quite close to...More

Thank Fred F
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Visiting the Natural Bridge Zoo was a great experience for my family and I! It was neat to be able to get so close to the animals and their cages, whereas I feel at most zoos you are too far away to be able to...More

Thank Desiree G
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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

We were originally going to go to the drive thru “zoo-fari “ but read that this zoo had more animals. Overall everything is clean and well kept. My only negatives are: I wish they would stop the elephant rides, and the monkeys looked very sad.

Thank TiffanyHC
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Reviewed November 30, 2017

My daughter had such a fun time seeing all the animals here. They offer feed so you can feed the animals as you walk around and see them. We will visit again when we come back to the area.

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Reviewed November 27, 2017 via mobile

Majestic, beautiful, and rare animals trapped in inhuman, small, unkept cages. I seriously am thinking about calling PETA on them. I have no idea how they get away with this. My one year old liked seeing the animals though. The only reason why I gave...More

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