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.