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“Absolutely wonderful!”
Review of Natural Bridge Zoo

Natural Bridge Zoo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 8, 2012

This Zoo was so much fun! It is a family-owned zoo. The zoo had alot of animals. You can purchase food to feed the animals. I "hand-fed" two giraffes! It had a variety of animals too. Go and enjoy...it is well-worth your time!

1  Thank CONNIE H
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

You cannot compare this to big zoo. That is not what this place is all about. The primary purpose is has always been the propagation and rearing of threatened or endangered species. It is a nice place to get up close to some animals, get your picture taken with a baby tiger (the funds are used to support their habitat, yes it is a tad pricey, but where else are you going to be able to pet a baby tiger???) You can also ride an elephant and feed various animals. The giraffes are the neatest to feed but I wish they would build a little deck to make it easier. Note: stop at a tourist brochure area and their brochure has a coupon for $2 off.

Thank pwNma
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This was the best zoo experience i've ever been too. Not like the big overrated zoos with long lines where you get to see the animals from far away. This is up in your face "pet the lions" type zoo. I was surprised how many animals they let you pet, touch and feed. The place is pretty big and there are lots of different things to see. Worth every penny!

Thank kjgmsu
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We absolutely loved this place! We live in 45 down the road and had family visiting from out of town so we decided to check this place out for the day. Our group of 8 included a one year old, a 15 year old, a 22 year old, a couple in their late 20s and a few 50-something and every single one of them had a great time. If you can make a group spanning that wide a range in age happy, you've GOT to be doing something right! You'd never expect such a robust selection of animals in a place tucked in the Blue Ridge mountains right off the highway. We couldn't believe how close you could get to so many animals, too. Our one year old loved feeding the giraffes and the camels. I also appreciated that they don't try to rip you off on animal feed -- only $1 for a small bag that will easily get you through all the feedable animals (we even had a bunch leftover) and admission was reasonable as well. The zoo is easy to navigate and there is LOTS to see.

Before going, I saw other posts on here talking about animal cruelty and small cages, but frankly, for the size and location of the facility, I felt the animals had adequate space--I mean this is no 300 acre safari park or anything, but I certainly didn't feel like the animals were super confined either. They all looked well cared for and seemed happy and friendly.

I would highly recommend this trip to "kids" of all ages! I'm sure we'll be back!

Thank HonestReviewer_in_VA
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We have gone up here a couple of times, and it's so much fun! It's not as great as the "VA Safari Park" which is just down the road, however, this is still lots of fun. Lots of animals you can see and reasonably priced to get into. There is also a great diner right up the road called the "Pink Cadillac" that we always go to, and they have great food!

1  Thank brandinicole21
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