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Where is it at?

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The Natural Bridge Zoo
5784 South Lee Highway
Natural Bridge
VA
24578
Tel: 540 291 2420

Directions

The Natural Bridge Zoo is located on US Route 11 just off Interstate-81 between Exits 180-A and 175 in Natural Bridge, Virginia. The Natural Bridge Zoo exits on I-81 are approximately 12 miles south of Lexington, Virginia and 35 miles north of Roanoke, Virginia.

Where are we going today?

The Natural Bridge Zoo Park is the home of the most complete collection of exotic zoo animals and birds in the state of Virginia, breeding and rescue zoo for rare and endangered species.
You will encounter a variety of exhibits that offer up close encounters with many friendly zoo animals. More than 100 babies are born each year at the Natural Bridge Zoo. You can pet, hug, photograph, or gaze at many of the wonderful Natural Bridge Zoos residents.

Animal encounters available here include feeding a giraffe, having a photo taken with a monkey and enjoy an African elephant ride!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$8
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Daily 9am to 4pm or later year round. Closed December 4th until Mid March.

Any Top Tips?

Animal feed for Giraffe, Camel, Goat, Llama, Deer, etc from as little as $1..

Doing our bit

Their main purpose has always been the propagation and rearing of threatened or endangered species. .

Can I get one of those?

Browse through the Natural Bridge Zoo Gift Shop for the perfect souvenir..

What people are saying?

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    It is KEY to note that the Natural Bridge Zoo is DIFFERENT than the Natural Bridge Safari Park and Zoo - they are about a mile or two apart on the same road. The Safari Park and Zoo is wonderful and I would highly recommend both - we drove through the Safari Park then walked through the zoo portion. The cages were clean and well done. The NB Zoo has a much cheaper admittance - but well over half of the cages have NO natural habitat. Many of the animals are listless, dirty and look miserable. Some of the cages look like some effort went into making...Read More

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    So much fun! Kids loved it! Favorite parts were the giraffes, you get up close and personal feeding them :) and the tigers, but the tigers are always our favorite!

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    Love this place. I visit this tourist attraction during August with my fiancé, and we had a really good time.

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    My children and I went to this zoo two weeks ago with my children, ages 7 - 14 years old. We had a very nice day and the zoo it self was very nice. The zoo was closing at 5pm, we were looking at the last few animals when this man came up to us at 4:40 and told us it was time to leave. I stated that it was 20 minutes till closing and he rudely said its time to leave. So we walked toward the exit. While walking the this man he walked backwards watching us, so I tried to talk to him and he ignored me. The kids started saying they need to use the rest...Read More

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    Customer service sucked! My family just wanted to get their picture taken with the elephant and the people behind the desk told us it stopped at 3pm. Then the guy suggested that maybe they were still running, but one of the people from our family had to go in and check. He told us that we would still have to pay the $12 entry fee, even though we were just sending my brother in to go check if they were still taking pictures with the elephant. That was very poor customer service on his part. He could have either went to check himself for us or just...Read More

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by M Steeves

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It is KEY to note that the Natural Bridge Zoo is DIFFERENT than the Natural Bridge Safari Park and Zoo - they are about a mile or two apart on the same road. The Safari Park and Zoo is wonderful and I would highly recommend both - we drove through the Safari Park then walked through the zoo portion. The cages were clean and well done. The NB Zoo has a much cheaper admittance - but well over half of the cages have NO natural habitat. Many of the animals are listless, dirty and look miserable. Some of the cages look like some effort went into making them somewhat of a "natural" or "wild" habitat, however, the majority do not. The exception to this would be the open canary cage - where you can walk in and feed the birds. It was clean, the birds had plenty of space to fly & perch. It was our favorite exhibit.
As a Zoo, the Natural Bridge Zoo is NOT a place I would recommend. Better to spend your time and money at the Safari Park and Zoo.

by Jinnie Vanness

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My children and I went to this zoo two weeks ago with my children, ages 7 - 14 years old. We had a very nice day and the zoo it self was very nice. The zoo was closing at 5pm, we were looking at the last few animals when this man came up to us at 4:40 and told us it was time to leave. I stated that it was 20 minutes till closing and he rudely said its time to leave. So we walked toward the exit. While walking the this man he walked backwards watching us, so I tried to talk to him and he ignored me. The kids started saying they need to use the rest rooms I said ok and went we got to them he said he had already locked the doors. I asked if he could unlock them for the kids and he said NO I have already locked them (with keys in his hand). I then asked what his name was and he said Travis. I said Travis can I speak to your manager, he replied the manager of the gift shop I said I guess he said hi I am the manager I asked to speak to someone over him and he again ignored me. So as I was walking to my car I called and wanted to speak to someone and he answered the phone. Anyways This made the trip bad. Bad customer service. Not letting children use the rest room when the park don't close for 20 more minutes. Mr.Travis you don't need to work with the public.

by Maria Bartholf

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Customer service sucked! My family just wanted to get their picture taken with the elephant and the people behind the desk told us it stopped at 3pm. Then the guy suggested that maybe they were still running, but one of the people from our family had to go in and check. He told us that we would still have to pay the $12 entry fee, even though we were just sending my brother in to go check if they were still taking pictures with the elephant. That was very poor customer service on his part. He could have either went to check himself for us or just let my brother in without paying to go look. We had no problem paying after we found that the elephant was still out. Work on customer service please. Other than that, the zoo was very nice and my family enjoyed it.

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