Wilson's Wild Animal Park, Winchester

2.9
#13 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in Virginia
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  • This could be a great small local zoo if it weren't for the state of some of the enclosures. We enjoyed seeing a variety of animals and feeding the deer and goats. What was really heartbreaking was th...  more »
  • Been here many times. It's a strange, small zoo. Don't like the way some of the animals are housed. Lots of local activities take place here.  more »
  • A great stop for my wife, and great-granddaughter. Wonderful to see so many animals being taken care of so well. We will come back.  more »
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  • I was absolutely horrified to see the inhumane bear enclosure. The enclosure, which houses two Asiatic black bears is a sorry sight. Besides the fact that the cage - because that's really what it is - is entirely too small, contains only a small water trough that provides inadequate respite from the summer heat, and has a lone tire swing for "enrichment," perhaps the saddest part is the concrete floor. In nature, these bears prefer heavily forested, mountainous areas, but the poor bears at Wilson's have never even felt grass under their feet! Wilson's has been cited for the inadequate enclosures on numerous occasions in USDA inspection reports, but has taken zero steps to improve the situation. When confronted on the issue of the bears, Wilson's has been known to delete Facebook comments and ban Facebook users from their business page. There are plenty of wonderful places in Winchester, VA and its environs to enjoy viewing wildlife in natural habitats. Please DO NOT patronize this business until and unless Wilson's provides more humane conditions for their bears.
  • Great little zoo/park. My kids loved the animals and being able to feed some of them.
  • Great place to take the kids or just visit yourself. A great afternoon
  • It was a pretty cool experience taking my family to Wilson's. My boys had an awesome time. Lions, lemurs, peacocks, a zebra, a white tiger, bears, and many other animals. I loved the signs telling about the animals. We briefly chatted with a worker. He really seemed to know a lot about the animals, their behaviors, and showed real caring for them. They also had a small play area that provided a nice break. I hope to visit again soon and bring along some friends and family.
  • My boyfriend and I visited Wilson's today and I have no clue what these people on here are talking about!! We fully enjoyed walking around and feeding the animals and it was only $8 a person. You can't beat that!! None of the animals looked in bad shape, all were very friendly and not threatened, and were a fun to interact with. The only thing I could understand people saying something about was maybe the bear cage but as my boyfriend explained to me, they may not be in a grassy area because they could dig under it. I do agree though, for 2 bears, even the concrete cage could be bigger. As far as the tigers being unfriendly or non interactive, IT'S HOT OUT!!! Today when we went it was 92° out. I don't even want to interact with people when it's hot out! They were lounging in the shade when we were there. And as far as no food or water, every bowl we saw was full and there were mountains of straw/hay everywhere. I'm very happy I didn't listen to the reviews on here and checked it out for myself! Kudos to the owners for not ripping people off on a cover charge like other places do and maintaining, what I could only imagine is a lot of work, a well kept happy place for these animals and people to visit! I would definitely go back and recommend friends to visit!
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