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“Worth the money” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Luray Zoo - A Rescue Zoo

Luray Zoo - A Rescue Zoo
Ranked #7 of 29 things to do in Luray
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Owner description: Luray zoo does not maintain this sight this is a third party sight for accurate information on hours etc see website
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Worth the money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2009

The Luray Zoo was worth the $10 admission. It is small but has a large collection of snakes that you can learn more about during the snake demo at 3:30 daily in the summer. The owner gave the demo and talked a lot about snakes while displaying a few specimens including a cobra and rattlesnake. He also let the kids hold a rat snake if they wished. The staff is attentive and knowledgable. Plan to be there for the gator feeding at 2 and snake show at 3:30. We left for lunch and came back with no problem.

1 Thank knwhalen
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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Animals minus crowds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2008

This was a spur-of-the-moment roadside visit, but we're glad we stopped. For $10 each we got to see a variety of local and exotic snakes, some of which (the rattlers especially) were very active and all were in plain view. The highlight of the reptile exhibit was a huge and ancient Alligator Turtle, which was donated by Steve and Terri Irwin. This one is estimated to be over 100 years old and it was amazing to simply see it stand up, as it looks like a giant fixture on the bottom of the aquarium.

The outdoor portion of the zoo had a variety of birds, cats, monkeys, and a porcupine, which were all easy to spot. The petting zoo was what you would expect, and the kids there seemed to enjoy the donkey. If you are used to the endless crush of humanity at a city zoo, this will be a refreshing change.

2 Thank DazzlingSuburbanite
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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154 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
“Fun experience for the kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2008

We visited with a group of kids around 5-12 years of age. Others have described the zoo in great detail so I won't repeat what they said, but I will add my thoughts.

The zoo is small, but very cozy, and the animal exhibits all seem roomy and well maintained. There are frequent demonstrations, shows, and feedings throughout the day and the staff is genuinely helpful and seems to care a lot about the animals.

We especially enjoyed the monkey exhibit, there is a family consisting of a father/mother and three kids, including one who was born in April of 2008 and still was attached to her mom's back. They were amazingly playful, we could have watched them for hours.

I think two things jumped out at me, the first is that this is a rescue zoo, meaning all the animals were saved from one situation or another. The zoo owners are trying to make the place a refuge for unwanted animals, they aren't exploiting them for profit. That comes across very clearly when you walk around and see the owners actively engaged with the visitors.

The second thing was the attention to detail, such as a hand-washing sink near the petting zoo, and very clean, well kept grounds. About the only knock in the place is that the only bathroom facility is a couple of port-a-johns, and parking can be tight. But again, we got the feeling that this is a refuge first, and a zoo second. We plan to visit again.

2 Thank ibeplato
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A last resort.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2007

My husband and I had a few hours before going to a wedding and we serched for something to do. After spending the maximum hour walking downtown, fighting th crowds at the caverns (we left .. the line was too long and it way too expensive for just a few hours) We decided to go check out the reptile center/ zoo. The fee was $10 per adult. We had no idea what to expect but we knew the the money went directly to the zoo. In turn the zoo saves animals. The zoo is small but it has a feeling of "wow" The animals were exciting to watch and the man giving the tiger presentation was honest and to the point about how he feels animals should be treated and cared for. It was a passion you would not normally see from a zoo keeper that works in a regular zoo. the gift shop was small but had enough to keep the kids happy and to pick up a few tshirts or postcards. It was just a nice way to give back to a good cause and spend a few hours outdoors.

1 Thank daytriping
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“you must see the venomous snake show, more amazing than anything on TV”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2007

The venomous snake show is amazing as he holds a king cobra, rattlesnake and the aggressive copperhead. He doesnt pinch the snake behind the head, he lets the snake move freely in his hands. This is amazing. I recommend it to everybody. You have never seen anything like this on TV or anywhere else.

1 Thank jbNutten
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