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Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266, USA

Opening Hours

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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"Make sure to visit the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch during the weekday mornings when it's less crowded; this way you have a better chance of seeing the animals when they're most active and have closer encounters. Don't miss the giraffe feeding area – it's a hit with both kids and adults, and the giraffes are especially friendly then!"

What is Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch?

The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is an African Safari, Texas-Style adventure that you wouldn't expect in the rolling hills just outside San Antonio. It's a unique place where you can drive through hundreds of acres of picturesque landscapes and encounter over 500 animals representing over 40 species. As I love to tell first-timers, it's not just a drive-thru animal park; it's an opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of nature's most fascinating creatures—all from the comfort of your vehicle.

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Here, you can see a wide array of wildlife from around the world, roaming freely as they do in the wild, which makes for an educational and entertaining experience for all ages. Get your cameras ready! You might just capture an elegant giraffe leaning down to peer into your window or a herd of zebras trotting by. It's a chance to immerse yourself in a wildlife adventure without the need for a passport.

History of Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Opening its gates back in 1984, the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch has evolved from a small, family-owned farm with a passion for preserving and showcasing wildlife to a full-fledged safari park that has become a much-loved destination for locals and visitors alike. The name itself stems from a natural limestone bridge on the property, which turned out to be a fortuitous site for connecting people with nature.

Over the years, they've continuously expanded the grounds and the number of species that call the ranch home. Did you know that this place has also participated in conservation efforts, particularly with species that are threatened in their natural habitats? This commitment to wildlife is a core part of their ethos, ensuring that every visit contributes to a larger cause.

Why is Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch Important?

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch serves an incredibly important role, both as an educational resource and as a conservation center. It introduces visitors to species they may never have the chance to see otherwise, highlighting the importance of wildlife preservation around the globe.

For local ecosystems, the ranch also provides a sanctuary for various species that thrive under its care. It's a living classroom, showcasing the behaviors and interactions of different animals—encouraging understanding and appreciation, and kindling a spirit of conservation in those who roll through its terrain.

Things to Do & See at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

The main event, of course, is the road safari, where visitors can slowly wind their way through the various habitats. It's an interactive affair; you can purchase animal feed at the entrance and experience the joy of feeding a curious llama or a gentle bison that approaches your vehicle. Just be prepared—those close encounters might include a slobbery hello from a friendly ostrich!

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Don't miss the Walk-A-Bout area, where getting out of your car is encouraged. Stroll along and enjoy giraffe feeding, the petting barnyard, and the chance to observe some critters that prefer a more 'pedestrian-friendly' setting. There's also the Safari Camp Grill for a bite to eat, and the Safari Trading Post, where unique souvenirs await to commemorate your safari adventure.

Educational programs and seasonal events are sprinkled throughout the year, so there's always something new to learn or experience at the ranch. These programs are not just enjoyable—they're bred from a deep understanding of animal behaviors and environmental stewardship, which only enriches the visitor experience.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch?

The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is an African Safari, Texas-Style wildlife park in San Antonio where visitors can see and feed a variety of native and exotic animals from their cars.

What kind of animals can be seen at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch?

Visitors to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch can see and feed a range of animals including giraffes, zebras, rhinos, lemurs, peacocks, and various species of deer and antelope among others.

Is the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch open year-round?

Yes, the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is open year-round, but hours and days of operation may vary by season, so it's recommended to check their website or call ahead before planning your visit.

Are there any special activities or tours available at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch?

The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch offers visitors the chance to experience a drive-thru safari where they can feed animals from their vehicles. They may also have seasonal events or educational programs available.

Can visitors feed the animals at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch?

Yes, visitors can purchase feed at the ranch to give to certain animals during their drive-thru safari experience. However, there are guidelines and restrictions on feeding to ensure the safety of both visitors and animals.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266, USA

Opening Hours

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Varies

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