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Luray Zoo

1087 United States Highway 211 West

Luray Zoo is home to over 250 animals, and is the only true rescue zoo in Virginia! The zoo is privately owned and operated by Mark and Christine Kilby. Luray Zoo receives no government funding. All admission, gift shop sales, donations, outreach programs fees, and birthday parties fees goes directly to help support and care for all the animals at Luray Zoo. The Zoo receives animals that are retired zoo animals, unwanted pets, confiscations, and sadly occasionally abused animals. While you tour the 3+ acre facility the owners are always out and about caring for the animals, and are able to answer your questions! Mark and Christine love to educate the public about animals, to help people understand animals better, as well as to educate the importance of conservation of species, and the importance of proper and responsible pet keeping. Luray Zoo offers one of the largest venomous snake collections on the east coast, outside exhibits, as well as a petting zoo. During the summer the zoo offers daily educational shows


Matt R

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
We went on the Discovery Tour on a weekday; what an amazing experience. Our tour with Mark was energetic, full of knowledge, and fun feeding events. My wife and I love reptiles, which the Luray Zoo delivers. A hidden gem in Virginia and a must see if you visit Luray. The venomous snake collection exceeds large-city zoo exhibits. Mark is undoubtedly passionate about the animals he cares for, and is an avid reptile professional. Great experience!

Anu Laguda

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
Went with my husband and 2 year old daughter. We all had a blast. Their reptile collection is amazing. The owner is awesome and very passionate about the animals. Great place to take your kids. And the drive up is so scenic.

Marc Snyder

Monday, July 16, 2018
Mark was extremely friendly, very knowledgeable in all his animals, and even let us hold a ball python! We got to hear the kookaburra sing it's hilarious song, and watched Mark pet the Bengal Tiger! A must to stop at if traveling through Luray, or visiting the caverns. (The zoo is 2 minutes down the road from Luray Caverns!) Highlight - Alligator tortoise. Don't worry, you can't miss it!

Wendy Litteral

Friday, June 22, 2018
This place was amazing. The owls and monkeys they have are adorable! There's also a place to feed goats at the end that's wonderful for young kids. The feeding area also has a sink to wash your hands. :) The tiger is beautiful, and the lemurs, snakes, and the peacock were wonderful. And we cannot say enough about the man who runs the place (I think his name is Mark). He was so kind to our family, answered all our questions, and went out of his way to make the experience super memorable. He let us see a rescued owl - which was amazing! Owls are my favorite animal so of course I was over the moon. :) I'm sure it helped we went at a very quiet time on a very rainy day, but it was a great way to close out our visit to Luray! We very much appreciated the great visit Mark, and we'll be back!


Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Was skeptical when we first pulled up, but was pleasantly surprised! Awesome and knowledgeable staff and the animals are well taken care of. Love the fact that the story behind most of the animals are posted. Would definitely visit again!

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