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Look at the World from a different view point. African elephant rides are an outstanding experience for the young and the young at heart. On this adventure ride you’re going to feel the gait of an elephant’s walk while appreciating a lofty perspective. We are one of the few zoos in the United States to offer an African elephant ride with an opportunity for hands-on interaction.

TENTATIVE ELEPHANT RIDES 2020 SCHEDULE

DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC  NATURAL BRIDGE ZOO'S AFRICAN ELEPHANT RIDES OR ENCOUNTERS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2020 SEASON. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.  THANK YOU!

***Note: Elephant Rides are NOT held on Mondays, unless it is a Holiday.***

***ABSOLUTELY NO SINGLE RIDERS***

***Maximum Weight Limit- 250LB.***

Let our African Elephant take you for a memorable stroll.

African Elephant Ride Price: $10.00

African Elephant

loxodonta africana

Its enormous ears serve as a remarkable cooling system for the body. Blood, in the large veins of the ears, is cooled by the flapping motion of the ears and is circulated throughout the body. Female elephants, such as our elephant friend, remain very stable for life and develop a strong attachment for their keepers, based on mutual trust and respect. Our resident elephant enjoys giving rides and participating in her educational programs. All her training has been with positive reinforcement (lots of nutritional treats) and she eagerly awaits each session.

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NO single riders. Minimum of 2 persons per ride required. So please bring a friend or make a new one.
Digital photograph print of your journey for only $10 extra, proceeds applied toward elephant enrichment.

African Elephant Rides are generally held 12:00PM – 3:00PM weather permissible on the days noted above. However schedule can change due to weather (heat or rain). Some days, rides are held longer than the times above and directly relates to the weather and the number of visitors on that given day. Fewer days, rides are held for shorter periods than the above times (or are held at alternate times).