Natural Bridge Zoo
The Natural Bridge Zoological Park is and always has been privately owned and has never accepted any sort of federal,state, or local funding. The zoo opened its doors to the general public in 1972 and has been growing ever since. Our main purpose has always been the propagation and rearing of threatened or endangered species. We try to offer students and the general public the opportunity to learn about the living animals, birds, and reptiles that share the earth with us. Many children have little or no contact with natural living things in their daily lives. While television programs are educational, there is nothing like standing next to a giraffe, getting nuzzled by a llama, hugging a baby miniature donkey, or gazing into the eyes of a huge white tiger to make you feel and appreciate our wonderful world of animals.
Many uninformed, but well meaning people, believe that all exotic animals belong free in their natural habitat. What they don't realize is that in many instances, the wild habitat has been degraded due to lumbering, poaching, agriculture, and human encroachment. We, at the Natural Bridge Zoo, have been breeding threatened and endangered species for over 40 years. Some of the species which we have propagated are 4 generations of the Scarlet Macaw, 3 generations of the Blue and Gold Macaw, 2 generations of the Military Macaw, 2 generations of the Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot, 3 generations of the East African Crowned Cranes, 3 generations of the Sacred Ibis, 3 generations of Ringtailed Lemur, 3 generations of Himalayan Bears, 4 generations of Beisa Oryx Antelope, 5 generations of Sitatunga Antelope, 3 generations of Nyala Antelope, 6 generations of Grant Zebra, 5 generations of Dromedary Camels, 3 generations of Capuchin Monkeys, and 5 generations of Grivet Monkeys.
This place was fantastic. The animals were well taken care of and the people actually enjoyed their jobs. You can interact with many of the animals and can even feed the giraffes that are well-behaved. I would go back here again and again just to sit and watch the people and their reactions.
We had a wonderful experience here. After all the bad publicity I was hesitant. However this zoo was clean and well maintained. All animals looked healthy and happy! My hubby and son rode the elephant, which was so sweet and gentle. My hubby touched the giraffe. It was amazing. I cannot wait for the next time! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable.
This zoo was dirty and not well kept. The rest room was full of dead bugs and the toilet looked like it had not been cleaned in weeks. Staff were not friendly. If you have young children please be careful when seeing the rhea. I could have easily touched this bird and a child would thing nothing of trying to pet it. I would think this should be some sort of safety violation.The animals do not have enough space. The white tiger and the Bengal tiger especially need more room. I am not sure how they get away with not having a bigger enclosure for those big cats. Maybe because they are private they are not monitored as closely. I feel really bad for the animals. I have been to many zoos around the united states and this was really sad to see. I would not recommend this zoo.
We enjoyed a great family outing with fun for all ages. Animals were well taken care of and the grounds were kept up. I would HIGHLY recommend (PLEASE!!!) including changing tables/stations in the bathrooms. We weren't the only family with a small child in diapers and none of the restrooms had a changing facility.
We had the best time! The grounds could definitely be improved, but the animals there were some I've never seen and they were up close and personal. We had parakeets all over us in the aviary. It was really neat! We got to get up close and personal with a sweet baby camel. One of the highlights of our trip!