“A privately owned zoo”
The Natural Bridge Zoo Park is and always has been privately owned and has never accepted any sort of federal, state, or local funding. The Natural Bridge Zoo opened its doors to the general public in 1972 and has been growing ever since. The main purpose for Natural Bridge Zoo 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 dromedary camel, or gazing into the eyes of a huge white tiger to make you feel and appreciate our wonderful world of animals.
There's been a lot of controversy about this zoo and other "roadside zoos" owned by members of the same family. You may want to do some online searching and reach your own conclusion. http://www.wset.com/story/29036130/owner-of-natural-bridge-zoo-says-hes-in-compliance-and-ready-for-inspectors
This was a fun day trip, especially after having visited the nearby Natural Bridge. Some other reviewers have commented on the controversy of the zoo, and they are valid for doing so. The cages are small and is definitely a far stretch from the standards of state zoos. Then again, it is considered a "roadside attraction". That being said, the animals looked happy enough and it was a nice, and cheap, stop. Just keep in mind it is not a million-dollar zoo.
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