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“Fun with Animals”

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Ranked #36 of 280 things to do in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: An African Safari, Texas Style. View and feed species from all over the world in the comfort of your own car.
Reviewed 19 November 2013

Again went into this very skeptical of what I was going to get - but after reading a few earlier reviews about going in the morning we decided to hit this first before going to the caves - this is a self guided tour ( car ride ) safari style ... I have seen a lot of reviews on this place about NOT to buy extra food but for a $1.50 for a bag sheesh why not, worst that happens you dump it all out at the end, best not to run out of food on your way thru, and you can drive thru multiple times. We started out and got several hundred feet in before we saw any animals, drove up to them and they were very uninterested in what we had same with the second group, we started to get a bit discouraged, but pressed on. However getting to the third group of animals things started to get fun ( guess it was feeding time ) after all was said and done we fed a bunch of different animals including Zebra and one very food happy and not shy Ostrich - they have a small zoo on the outside with a snack bar and gift shop - Yep you can spend a few hours here easy - go in the morning about an hour after opening ( this most likely depends on time of year as well ) All in all had a GREAT time.

2  Thank Kevin H
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"drive thru"
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"car window"
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"love animals"
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"fun experience"
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

This was my first safari and I am hooked! The animals roam free and do not hesitate to walk up to cars and/or wander into the road. The zebra's were my favorite as they came right up to the car window until we threw them some food. As another reviewer mentioned, the extra bag of food is not necessary; a fair amount of the animals eat mainly grass and plants and have no interest at the pellets tossed to them. There is a guide book they sell at the admission gate that I do recommend purchasing as it will help identify the animals as you travel through the safari. Also, there is a goat petting pen where you can actually go inside and feed them; we fed them from outside of the pen to avoid stepping in the goat poop that is everywhere and destined to be stuck to the bottom of your sneakers upon exiting.

1  Thank Brodie217
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

It would be very easy to spend the day here. Get there early as the animals are fed in the morning so they stay along the road until they've eaten. It gives you a good up close view of the animals. If you get there early, the bag of food included in your entry fee is sufficient as the animals are eating what the staff left for them. Be sure to take your camera. There more photo ops in the morning. Bring your lunch or there is a café on site. You can drive through as many times as you want as long as you don't leave the grounds.

Thank Barb B
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

You owe it to yourself to stop here as you will not be disappointed. This place is fantastic and it is quite an experience to see the animals simply roaming about and not restricted by an enclosure. The animals are not shy and will for sure come up to the car when you feed them with the bag of food that you are provided. It is quite an experience to be so close to something as a 1 ton bison and to be stopped as a group of antelope gradually stroll across the road in front of your vehicle. This is a must see and I look forward to going back as they are expanding and will open a new section in the spring.

Thank EpicGuy12
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

We took our 6 year old to NBC wildlife ranch because we were next door visiting the caverns. We had a great time. You are in your car with the windows down the entire time so beware if it's hot. Also, no need to buy an extra food bag unless you plan to go crazy. Since it a safari style ranch everytime you go it is a unique experience. We saw lots of animals and had several close encounters. The Zebras will bite but they also love having food thrown into their mouths. Roll up your windows by the ostriches and keep your eyes open, animals are everywhere. Total tour time is 45 minutes to 1 hour. You can go through more than once and their are activities and a petting zoo at the main entrance.

Thank Julie S
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