African Elephant Rides Will Begin

Saturday April 1st & Sunday April 2nd 2023

Natural Bridge Zoo would like to THANK YOU ALL for your patience within these challenging times. We were attempting to be cautious as possible during the COVID-19 Pandemic in our 2023 Season, this was for the Safety of Natural Bridge Zoo Animals, Visitors and Guests and Zoo Staff.

*For the Safety of all, please help us abide by the CDC Guidelines which include; Wearing Face-Masks, Practicing Social Distancing and Hand Sanitization.*

-The following conditions may change or adapted- 

African Elephant Rides

  • Limited Number of African Elephant Ride Tickets Sold each day.
  • Please arrive early to ensure your Tickets are secure, “First Come First Serve.”
  • Face-Mask’s are Required to ride.
  • Hand Sanitizer provided. 
  • Rides are conducted Weather Permitting
  • Number of individuals riding and weight determined at Ride Stand.

~Thank You All and We Hope to See You All Soon~

-Natural Bridge Zoo Management


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.


African Elephant Rides well be offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY and begin at 12:00PM – 3:00PM



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

Let our African Elephant take you for a memorable stroll.

African Elephant Ride Price:

Thursday ~ Friday

$15.00 Per Participant

Saturday ~ Sunday ~ Holidays

$20.00 Per Participant

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.

*Please Read This Section*

NO single riders. Minimum of 2 persons per ride required. So please bring a friend or make a new one upon you visit.

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).