If you are living in Virginia or happen to visit Virginia then don’t forget to pay a visit to Virginia safari park that is a tourist attractions in Natural Bridge. Virginia Safari Park is the state’s largest & only drive-through zoo, with three miles of winding safari roads. This Place is specially for those who are interested in feeding & spending time with different animals.
Entrance of the Safari Park:
When you reached at the entrance they will ask for the ticket that is currently $12 per person, the ticket issuer will also ask you if you wan to purchase some buckets to feed the animals. Purchase some buckets or you will miss it later on.
Inside the Safari Park:
Soon after entering the place you will start finding different animals coming towards cars to get their share. Mostly animals at the entrance of the park will be goats, camels, ostriches & bulls. There is only one lane for the traffic so you need to be patient before going far as you will find many kids busy in feeding the animals in front of you. You will need to be slow down as the animals will be all over the place and as soon they will find bucket in your hand they will automatically come closer to you so without a bucket don’t expect any animals even looking at you.
You need to slowly move on the road, watch every place closely because there will be places with lots of trees and bushes where you will find more animals sleeping or taking rest. After going little far you will see more and more animals like blackbuck oryxes, watusis, pigs, zebras, buffalos, emu’s, camels, bison, bongos, zebras, deer’s, wildebeests & more.
There were no lions, cheetahs, tigers or any such animals that can be harmful for the other animal’s (carnivores), only herbivores animals were there due to the concept of Virginia Safari park “come feed the animals”
On way inside the safari park you might experience some park attendants with their sounding whips. They use them either to train the animals or clear the blocked roads due to lots of animals. We did not experience any animal whipping, they were only creating the shipping sound and animals were able to understand it.
I also noticed one more thing that all the animals were having the tags in their ear with a number on it. That might be used for their recognition.
All the animals were really calm & quite except for some ostrich that were trying to scare some other animals to get other animals feed.
We spent almost an hour in the park meeting & feeding the animals. Trip remained very interesting and memorable & I would recommend this place for everyone who loves animals.