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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 - 5:00 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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Small zoo, take elephant ride and feed baby animals

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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La Paz
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Stanley, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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1 Thank morganlee628
Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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1 Thank myboys097
Sevier County, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Anderson, South Carolina
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84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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1 Thank basfjd2016
Frederick, Maryland
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank crhterp
VA
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36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently took our two young boys to this zoo while we were in the area. I cannot lie I was little nervous, as it is a smaller zoo and from the outside it looked as if it may not offer much. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed being up closer to the animals. While the cages are smaller than... More 

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Thank hteVa
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the Zoo! They had a baby donkey and 2 baby camels that we got to pretty and love on! My teenage daughter was in heaven! We rode an elephant too and saw lots of nice animals! It's not very big though. I think we did the whole thing in like 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Well worth the... More 

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1 Thank eden9133
Seaford, Delaware
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I know there has been controversy surrounding this zoo but we loved it!! Very clean. We got to ride an elephant and have our picture taken feeding baby tiger. My granddaughter loved this place and animals seemed well taken care of.

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2 Thank Karen T
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

A wonderful zoo! I found all the animals to be well kept and very well fed. Animal enclosures were more than adequate and judging by the fact that all the animals that were not solitary were mating, they seem to be very happy. A very up close and personal experience with all the animals. This zoo is quite different from... More 

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