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“Pay to sit in traffic!”

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Ranked #22 of 268 things to do in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: An African Safari, Texas Style. View and feed species from all over the world in the comfort of your own car.
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We went out if our way to visit this place and it was a bad bad mistake.
Our first clue should've been the LONG lines just to buy the tickets and a girl handing our a CD for high volume orientation! When we finally got to the ticket booth we bought an extra bag of feed and so the total for 2 adults one kid was $50. The girl at the booth told us after we paid that she recommended us take a restroom break prior to going through because it will take 2 hours! WTF?! When we went through the gate it was just a line of cars stopped.

We just paid $50 to sit in 2 hours of bumper to bumper traffic.

All the animals were jut sitting under trees and off to the distance. The camel, rhino, giraffe were fenced in so it's not different than a zoo. The Zebras would've been cool (based on some pictures they are really interactive) but all they did was stare.

We had ZERO animal interaction. ZERO.

After 2 hours (2.5hrs if including the line to get tickets) we went into the cafe for a late late lunch. More lines. All the tables were dirty and sticky so I squirted some hand sanitizer and scrubbed. The only good part was the pizza was descent. But that may be because we were starving.

And the restroom... Another line (both men and women). When we got to the stall - no toilet paper. (Good thing I had wipes in my purse). And then there was no soap or paper towels.

So we then ventured to the petting zoo (baby goats were cute) and lemur island smelled like a sewer.. And none of the animals were particularly interested.

When I spoke to someone about it, she just told me we are free to go through the drice through again. Seriously?! You want me to sit through traffic again?!

They should limit the number of feed bags so he animals are not over fed. Or at least tell you to not purchase another bag when you ask to buy one... That's just wrong. When we go to a lorikeet feeding at the zoo, they tell us if the lorikeets are hungry or not so you decide whether you want to (1) go in and (2) buy nectar. There should be a similar sign here.

This was such a horrible experience. I wished it was better because it could've been so neat for the kids (and adults).

The people who run this place should be more upfront about the wait and experience an not just say "would you like to purchase an additional bag of feed?" And "have a great time!l

And when someone actually talks to you about it in person - be apologetic.

My tip: if it's a long line to the ticket booth... Turn around.

10  Thank Destini76
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is an easy commute if you are staying in San Antonio. Look for a coupon on their website. This drive-through safari provided a few hours of entertainment for our family of five. Buffalo, ostrich, zebras, llamas and much more! The park is home to twin baby giraffes as well as a small petting zoo. The kids loved it!

Thank Melissa C
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

You'll probably want to set aside 1-2 hours to do this, depending on the traffic.

We saw plenty of animals and lots of them came up to our van to eat, however we were told not to feed them by hand, which is different than other parks we've been to where the giraffes eat right out of our hands through the sun roof. Still, they had plenty of antelope and zebra and ostrich who were fun to throw food to. They also had a really nice petting zoo, and a separate cage for the giraffes (not sure why there weren't allowed to roam free).

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a unique experience. Visitors are able to drive through an open range and feed a variety of animals. Buy the $3.00 guide book to identify the animals you meet. My favorite - the zebras! One of the female giraffes at the ranch, Carol, just gave birth to twin baby giraffes. This is a rare sight, which makes a trip here even more special. There is a petting zoo and some other animals that can be seen in zoo-like habitats. Fall and spring are the best times to see the animals active here, but the baby twin giraffes make the visit worth the trip in the heat of summer.

1  Thank AustinGal11
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Stumbled across this after doing the caverns and so glad we did. All the animals were eating when we were there and my boys (3 &11) were thrilled. You drive through at own pace and many animals come right up to car. Very clean and well kept ranch. We are farmers ourselves and was impressed on how well things are kept up. Petting area at end had baby goat that was born minutes before we were there. Too cute. Kids wanted to go back next day. Will be back for sure next time in San Ant.

1  Thank Angela V
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