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Address: 5784 South Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
Phone Number: +1 540-291-2420
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Natural Bridge Zoo Park is and always has been privately owned and has...
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.
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Quite a variety for a small zoo

Pleasantly surprised by the place. I expected them to have more local wildlife exhibits, but they had many foreign animals. Lemurs, Giraffes, Camels, Llamas, African Elephant... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Vestal, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I absolutely love this zoo! It's one of my favorites that I've been to. Not only do you get to feed some of the animals, you get to feed ones that you would not normally get to; like giraffes and camels. My favorite part is a tie between feeding the parrots and riding the elephant. The layout of the zoo... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

MY family and i truly enjoyed this zoo. The staff was friendly and very informative. The elephant ride was a true wonderful experience. For 6 bucks a person you get to ride this beauty. It was very hot when we went so the animals dosnt have much movement. But we still enjoyed ourselves. Will be making the trip again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Needed a break from the highway, stopped to stretch and take in the area.... so glad we did! We LOVE animals, this cute little place had lots to offer. Monkeys of different types, Camels, Tiger, llamas, an Elephant, petting area with goats, a bear that was soooo adorable napping on a huge stump right next to the wall so we... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Terrible conditions - this facility should be shut down. Was shocked that people have positive things to say about this zoo. I respect Zoos such as Denver & San Diego that really make an effort into providing good habitat areas, socialization programs for animals that thrive on that, plus some the the animals really did not look healthy in many... More 

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

My family stopped here during our camping vacation at Cave Mountain Lake, and it was one of my favorite parts of the trip! There was a great variety of animals for such a small space. My favorites were the Serval, and African wild cat, the tigers, the giraffes, and the many bird species. There is an interactive exhibit of parakeets... More 

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Vestal, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Pleasantly surprised by the place. I expected them to have more local wildlife exhibits, but they had many foreign animals. Lemurs, Giraffes, Camels, Llamas, African Elephant, Pygmy Goats, White Bengal Tiger, Pot Belly Pigs, Zebras, etc. A few can be fed by visitors. They offer bags of food for sale for those animals that eat grass. The staff are friendly... More 

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Virginia Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Beautiful ZOO! Never knew that zebras are really a dark brown color! You see them UPCLOSE! AND THE ELEPHANT RIDE WAS A REAL HOOT!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Excellent fun for my family! Plenty of animals. The staff feed animals plenty of fresh foods and we got to see that.

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Grand kids loved it, they did the elephant ride. They enjoyed the parakeets the most. The grand parents did as well as we went back to them twice. Very nice stop

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Elephants are gorgeous, can feed animals, seems alittle small but nice up close experience with different animals. Clean and friendly

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