Frequently Asked Questions​​

What is the Average time at the Ranch​​​​?​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ It generally takes an hour to an hour and a half to drive through once.  Visitors are welcome to travel through the Wildlife Ranch as many times as they would like during their visit.  The only exception visitors cannot leave and then come back later that day.  The Walk-A-Bout area is included and varies from visitor to visitor and allowance for lunch at the Safari Camp Grill.  We safely suggest at least 5 hours.  

Do you Drive-thru in own car?  Are there ​​shuttles?​

Visitors travel through the Wildlife Ranch in the comfort of their own vehicle.  We do not have shuttles trams, or rental cars.

Do you have any coupons?

There are coupons available with other San Antonio Attractions at ​ Please remember this coupon is NOT valid during Spring Break or weekends March - August.  Discounts are also available for military/ first responders and AAA members.

Can we bring our own food for own picnic?

Absolutely!  Although, you may NOT BBQ.  We have a first come, first served covered picnic pavilion as well as additional picnic tables under large canopy oak trees.  If you forget anything, remember the Safari Camp Grill might have what you need to compliment your picnic.

Are 18 Wheelers, Jeeps or Convertibles allowed?

18 Wheelers are welcome.  However, if they have a trailer, it must be dropped in the parking lot prior to driving through.  Jeeps and Convertibles are permitted, but must have their tops and doors ON.

Can we ride in the back of the pickup or with van doors open?

You may NOT ride in the back of the pickup or have your van doors open at any time in the safari drive-thru.  It is important for visitors to have the protection being inside a vehicle provides from the species with horns or antlers.  

When is the best time to visit Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch?

Because visitors can travel through the drive-thru as many times as they would like during their visit, mornings are always recommended.  And during holidays, summer and weekends, the closer to 9 am the better to beat the peak visitation times.

Can we bring our own food to feed the animals?

We ask the you PLEASE DO NOT bring your own food to feed the animals, as they are on special diets. We provide each vehicle with ONE FREE bag of animal food and additionals are available for $2.50.  Even though outside feed may not be fatal, anything unusual to their systems could make them sick.

Can we exit the park and come back the same day?

You may NOT exit the park and come back the same day without paying admission again.  Your tickets expire once you exit the main gates.

What if we need to get gas?

You can bring your admission receipt to the Gift Shop and a member of the staff will sign it. You will be given 30 minutes to get gas and return.

Can we purchase tickets online?

We do not sell tickets online.  Visitors go through the admissions booth to get animal feed, safety instructions and a map of the Ranch, and at that time purchase admission.

Do the animals come out when it is raining?

The animals are always unpredictable and we cannot guarantee their behavior.  However, you are welcome to drive through more than once (time allowed) during your visit.  A light rain does not affect them, being they live amongst the elements.  A hard, blowing or very cold rain could although affect the animals seeking shelter. 

Does the heat ​​​affect the animals?

Many of the animals are genetically disposed to being accustom to hot conditions, but they also will do as you are I would in managing their body temperatures, and not stand in the direct sunlight for prolonged amounts of time when temperatures are blazing. 

Are pets allowed?

NO.  We do not allow any outside pets for the safety of our animals and yours.  This includes service animals.  Our animals do not understand 'pets', they only see them as predators and we do not want you or your pet (service animal) injured by our animals instinctively trying to protect themselves.  ​​

"At a zoo, service animals can be restricted from areas where the animals on display are the natural prey or natural predators of dogs, where the presence of a dog would be disruptive, causing the displayed animals to behave aggressively or become agitated."
U.S. Department of Justice/

Am I in danger of an animal ramming my car?

The animals are not vicious, however they are still “wild”.  Remember, you enter the park at your OWN RISK.  They know every vehicle gets  a FREE container of feed, and they are not bashful in looking for it.  

How do I apply for a job?​​​

Even if immediate positions are not open, we always accept job applications.  Applications can be printed off in advance and then delivered in person or mailed.     
Job Opportunities

How do I request a donation?​

Our donations department allocates passes on a monthly basis to organizations raising funds for good causes.  

A request letter and/or form can be submitted to:
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Attn:  Donations Department​​
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.
San Antonio, Texas 78266