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Hovatters Wildlife Zoo Kingwood

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Where are we going today?

The West Virginia Zoo is home to over 30 different species of native and exotic animals from all over the world. What started out as a small collection of deer, black bear, cougars and tigers has turned into a menagerie of Chimpanzee's, Grizzlies, various species of Orange and White Tigers, Spotted and Black Leopards, Ring Tailed Lemurs, Baboons, and many other species. You always find new babies for that special photo opportunity.

Hovatter's Zoo is located in a woody setting so all the animals have the comfort of shade on a hot summer afternoon. Come and enjoy the day in rural Preston County and see why the West Virginia Zoo is known for it's up close and personal encounters with all of their adorable, and not so adorable residents. They are the only Zoo in the tri-state area with Chimpanzees on exhibit and a pride of African Lions. You can feed over half the animals in the Zoo, allowing you to bond with them in a special way, and to observe them at their best!

 

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Where is it at?

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Hovatters Wildlife Zoo
Rt. 1 Box 265-D
Kingwood
WV
26537
Tel: 304 329 3122

How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$8
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2012

When can we go?

Tuesday to Friday 12 til 7pm, Weekends 10am to 6pm.

The zoo opens the season on April 14th and ends in November

What people are saying?

  • by Theresa Bailey

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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.

  • by Lacee Taylor

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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.

  • by Milky Way

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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

  • by Jaclyn Weese

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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.

  • by April Marks

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    So great

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