Hovatters Wildlife Zoo Kingwood

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Hovatters Wildlife Zoo
291 Wagner Lane
Tel: 304 329 3122


Just Off Rt.7 on Herring Road, between Morgantown and Kingwood.

Where are we going today?

What started out as a small collection of black bear, leopard, deer and cougars, is now an incredible collection of over 30 different species of animals!

The Hovatter's Wildlife Zoo is a beautiful family animal attraction that can give unforgettable memories and experiences, as well as educational experiences.

Now, there zoo have creatures from all over the world, including baboon, grizzly bear and chimpanzee! This seasonal zoo have creatures you might LOVE, and some you might not have even heard of before!

Have you ever heard of the Japanese Macaque, or the Grivet Monkey? No? Well, what better way to learn all about them then to visit, and read all of their stories as you want around the enclosures.

Keep an eye out for some of the babies too! There are some cuties!

The zoo happens to be the only zoo in the tri-state area that has chimpanzees on exhibit, as well as a pride of African lions!

One of the great things about Hovatter's Wildlife Zoo, is that they really look after their animals. The zoo is located in a wooded setting, so there is plenty of comfort of shade. They also look after all who visit! Did you know that you can hand feed young giraffe? What an amazing experience!

So why not have a family fun day FILLED with animals next time you are out in West Virginia. Don't forget to take your camera! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$10 (Ages 3 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years

When can we go?

10am - 6pm 7 days a week. Weekends only in November.

April 18th to November 9th

Teachers corner

Why not bring the students for an education outside of the classroom! There is no better way to learn!.

I'm Hungry!

The Hungry Bear Cafe is a great place to pick up lunch, snacks and drinks. They have the same hours as the zoo .

Any Top Tips?

They have two pavillions to rent out - why not have a birthday at the zoo! What better way to spend your big day than with your people friends, AND animal friends!.

Doing our bit

They are all about their animals, so everything they do is in their best interest. Make sure you follow any instructions of the staff. .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give them a call prior to see how they can help you. .

Can I get one of those?

They have a gift shop which you won't want to miss if you want to take home some fun items, gifts, toys and educational souvenirs! .

More information

They sell animal feed in the gift shop so you can enjoy a feeding experience. No outside food allowed for the animals. .

What people are saying?

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    My kids (ages 11 & 13) loved this place! They thought it was better than a large zoo because they could feed most of the animals. They loved that some animals were just roaming around and they could pet and feed them (baby pigs, baby goats, roosters, & ducks mostly). They also got a really big kick out of feeding the Giraffe carrots. They begged us to go back so we went twice in one week.

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    I do like coming here, but on two different occasions, we drove all the way up there, to find out they were closed. I looked on the website and on their facebook page and seen that BOTH said open. So, I probably won't waste my time going up there to find out they are closed, when their hours say the are open.

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    It's a small place but very nice, clean and u can pet goats, lame and some other animals, there is a grill in the parking area, picnic tables, so u can have lunch. Price gore adult is $10 and they sale animal food, u can buy a bundle for 7.99 and they have some .25 machines where u can buy some more, there is a small store for souvenirs or snacks as well. Even my two teenagers enjoy it

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    I went twice this summer and had a good time both visits. Small zoo, but you can get closer to the animals and feed them. My one complaint is the prices for the food. They have the little dispensers where you put a quarter in, twist the knob, and the food is supposed to come out. We put our money in and got like two pieces of cereal.

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    So great

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