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“Get up close to big animals”

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Ranked #38 of 231 things to do in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is an African Safari, Texas-Style. View and feed more than 500 animals representing over 40 species from all over the world in the comfort of your own car. Since 1984, 450 acres of rolling hills, creek beds, and magnificent oak trees that make up the safari drive-thru in the scenic Texas Hill Country has been open to the public. Additionally, the Walk-A-Bout area features several bird and primate species, a Petting Barn, the Safari Camp Grill, and the Safari Trading Post gift shop. The Texas Land Heritage Property, recognized and certified by the State of Texas for being used for agriculture by the same family for over 100 years, is proudly diversified over generations into a source of education and conservation of endangered and threatened species.
Reviewed 6 March 2018

Drive through this ranch and you'll see free roaming exotic animals. Buy the sacks of food and you can feed them from your car window or open sun roof, which our children did. They had a blast getting up close with the large animals like Ostrich, giraffe and wildebeast, elephants etc.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank 516madelines
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Our family enjoyed the visit to the Wildlife Ranch as well as the neighboring Natural Cavern Bridge for the better part of a day. Since it was a Wednesday morning, we arrived with hardly any other vehicles around us. This allowed for a slow-to-moderate pace around the ranch as there were more animals in some parts than others.

Some have mentioned the price being too high. As we looked at it, it's a must visit the first time and afterward you'll have made a decision for a return trip. We wish we lived closer as a return trip would absolutely be in order.

TIP: If you have children and bring them to the goat petting zoo be careful as the goats can be particularly aggressive toward anyone holding the food bags. My 12-year old son got a kick out of the attention he was getting by more than a dozen goats but I'd imagine a younger child would be frightened. See the two photos.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We were staying on the riverwalk, and it was a bit of a drive to this ranch (an hour?) but is was a fun morning activity to drive through and feed the animals, many of which come right to your car. We went just before lunch and on entering the park there were many many animals and they were very hungry and active. In the back of the park there were fewer animals to feed and they were less active.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Julie W
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We had a Groupon for this a while back and did not get a chance to use it. Wish we had. For $20/pp and $3.50 a bag for feed, it is not really worth the money. The tour itself is very unorganized and you will often find yourself sitting in line for long periods of time while someone parks and tries to coax an animal to their car. While we thought it should have taken no more than an hour and a half, it turned into more than 3 hours, since there are no clear directions on how to exit the park and you find yourself back in line again. It wasn't what we expected.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank aybanks
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

I'll start by saying we're not from TX. Although there are regular zoos, we don't have any drive-through animal preserves where we're from. The opportunity to see and feed the animals "up close" was both exciting and a bit concerning, as we were in a rental car, and the horns/hooves of some animals had potential to scratch/do significant damage. Fortunately, that didn't happen to us. Each car gets one bag of feed with admission, but we bought extra bags at $2.50 apiece, so every person in our car could have their own.

We were the third vehicle into the ranch on the day we visited, and the pickup truck ahead of us seemed to attract the most attention. Visitors are advised to toss food pellets on the ground, but the guys in the pickup appeared to entice animals to stick their heads inside the cab and eat food directly from the bag. Some of the animals are naturally more assertive than others, and even though we didn't encourage them, the zebras and emus, in particular, came up to our open windows anticipating food, and followed our car as we attempted to go to the next areas.

After slowly driving through the ranch for nearly two hours, and snapping a bunch of photos, we did stop to walk around the giraffe conservation exhibit, and the area with the gibbons and lemurs and goats. The lemurs were all hiding when we visited, which was disappointing, but there were some cute baby goats, along with a few adults who were thrilled to finish the last of our animal feed. For those who are interested, there is also human food available, and a gift shop. (And FYI, there is a building with restrooms about halfway as you drive through the ranch.) All in all, it's an experience definitely worth doing at least once if you're in the San Antonio area!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank sellbuy1234567
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