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Natural Bridge Zoo

#5 of 9 things to do in Natural Bridge Features Animals
5784 South Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
+1 540-291-2420
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I'm not sure who gives this zoo 2 stars let alone 3 or 4. This zoo is a joke and the animals are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Savanna H
via mobile
Great Fun

We mainly went to ride the elephant and that was wonderful! Loved the fact that the elephant, as... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Newnan, Georgia
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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.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good25%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible18%
Travellers talk about
“elephant ride” (28 reviews)
“baby tigers” (22 reviews)
“small zoo” (20 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
5784 South Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
+1 540-291-2420
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I'm not sure who gives this zoo 2 stars let alone 3 or 4. This zoo is a joke and the animals are miatrrated. They are in tiny cages, most of them did not have shade to escape the heat. This zoo has been investigated...More

Thank Savanna H
Reviewed 5 days ago

We mainly went to ride the elephant and that was wonderful! Loved the fact that the elephant, as well as most all the animals, are rescue animals. The zoo area for the animals was clean and well maintained. It appears the animals are well cared...More

Thank 1331cbi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mainly went here so my daughter could ride an elephant. This part was fantastic. The couple who ran it were great with my kids, let them pet the elephant afterwards and talked with us. The elephant even poses for the picture. The rest of the...More

Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family of 4 visited the zoo on June 11 on Kids free day. We enjoyed the zoo for the most part. It was clean and tidy. I did not like that the baby donkey and baby camel looked as if they were exhausted from...More

Thank Tbearnangel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I should have known and done my homework. Just the look of the outside looked not very good and shady. The upkeep of the grounds was something to be desired. The zoo was basically a bunch of metal cages with animals with some being fenced...More

Thank dupuica
Reviewed 6 May 2017

I loved the peacocks and turtles that try to climb over the fence.The amazing giraffe that loved the food. The big wildebeest was funny it knocked food out of my hand.

Thank Lauren C
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I did not have great expectations based on a few previous reviews. My grandsons and I had a wonderful time! The park was clean and the staff were so friendly and helpful. There was a good variety of animals and good opportunities for interaction. The...More

Thank patty j
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Small cages, gravel, bugs, all the animals were so hungry. You can feed most of them but they are so hungry I wonder if they get fed otherwise. the Giraffes were on gravel, no grass or dirt and some were not tall enough to get...More

1  Thank lynn l
Reviewed 12 April 2017

There is animal abuse there. Go on YouTube and paste "What Natural Bridge Zoo Hid from the Public is Horrifying!" and you will see the Humane Society's video show up. Watch it, and it'll change your mind if you ever thought this was a good...More

4  Thank Jessalyn B
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I'm embarrassed to say i almost listened to the reviews that were made online about this zoo...I'm so glad i went with my gut on this because the whole family had a great time! Our two children couldn't stop talking about how tall the giraffes...More

2  Thank AlwaysAroundYou
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That is pathetic. These places are animal abuse in action and like circuses are not good choices to entertain or educate our kids. Have you been to the zoo in New Orleans? Very very sad.
17 October 2016|
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Response from mbabill | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous comment. Have you visited the Natural Bridge Zoo? Granted it is not the zoo of a major city but the animals looked healthy, well fed, and cared for so I didn't see any problem. We like being able... More
Is there a place to have a picnic while visiting the zoo? Either right at the zoo or close by?
12 July 2015|
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Response from _chevyhhr50 |
I remember resting at several picnic tables within the zoo. It was a good place to sit down and enjoy the scenery.