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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 - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Opportunities to pet and feed different kinds of animals

I took my three kids age 5, 5, and 3 to this zoo and the highlights of the visit for them were feeding different kinds of animals (camels, llamas, goats, parakeets). I would... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Rebecca I
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took my three kids age 5, 5, and 3 to this zoo and the highlights of the visit for them were feeding different kinds of animals (camels, llamas, goats, parakeets). I would describe it as more of a farm instead of a zoo. When i picture a zoo, i picture sidewalks and caretakers available to talk about the animals.... More 

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Thank Rebecca I
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have to say kudos to this zoo!! They are privately owned and they do great. We got to hold a baby monkey. My daughter loves elephants and she was able to ride on one. She had to make sure that the elephant was well taken care of on top of that.

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Thank Gina A
Worcester, Massachusetts, Usa
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are an animal lover stay far away from this place! I would never recommend this place to anyone! I had went down to Natural Bridge during a family vacation. My niece wanted to visit the Safari (which surprisingly was not bad). We had a little extra time so I took my teenage niece and toddle niece to this... More 

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Thank Mel E
Richwood, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on a weekend get away just to see what it was all about. They had a good variety of animals, mostly exotic. The white tiger and zebras were my favorite. All of the animals look well taken care of and well fed but the elephant does look lonely as he is the only one of his type... More 

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Thank jbrugnoli
La Paz
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

It was a very nice experience for my toddler girl. Baby animals are feed every 3 hours (12:00, 15:00, 18:00 and so); but you have to wait for the zoo personnel to come, it is not an arranged activity. They arrange baby tiger feedings, but tiger didn't have babies this year. You can also pay for the elephant ride at... More 

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Thank AALPBTraveler
Stanley, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

This was an awful experience. I will never go back and don't recommend it at all. The animals were scared and not cared for at all. No food. No water. Open sores. Terrible staff. Not up keep at all. Abusive.

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2 Thank morganlee628
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

We had so much fun here! This was an amazing zoo! We got to see giraffes, zebras, and even an Elephant! they had different types of primates and birds and even tigers and bears. If you are planning on visiting plan for a whole day to be able to take your time. Animals looked very loved and cared for, zoo... More 

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2 Thank myboys097
Sevier County, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

My family always has a wonderful time at this zoo! The elephant ride is a favorite. This zoo really allows you to view animals up close and personal. It is extremely affordable. All of the enclosures are very well maintained, and you can really tell that the staff works hard and really cares for all of the animals. It is... More 

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1 Thank Suzieqmohl
Anderson, South Carolina
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87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

This is an excellent zoo which can take a few hours to see all the exhibits. This attraction is reasonably price and the staff is friendly and helpful.

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2 Thank basfjd2016
Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

We had been to the natural Bridge Safari the day before so we can't help comparing the two experiences. The zoo is much more affordable. We loved that we could ride the elephant and felt it was a once in a lifetime experience. The animal habitats were not as nice as those at the safari. It was hard to push... More 

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