Hovatter's Wildlife Zoo
The West Virginia Zoo is home to over 30 different species of native and exotic
animals from all over the world. What started out as a small collection of deer,
black bear, cougars and tigers has turned into a menagerie of Chimpanzee's,
Grizzlies, various species of Orange and White Tigers, Spotted and Black Leopards,
Ring Tailed Lemurs, Baboons, and many other species. You always find new babies
for that special photo opportunity.
Hovatter's Zoo is located in a woody setting so all the animals have the comfort
of shade on a hot summer afternoon. Come and enjoy the day in rural Preston County
and see why the West Virginia Zoo is known for it's up close and personal
encounters with all of our adorable, and not so adorable residents. We are the
only Zoo in the tri-state area with Chimpanzee's on exhibit and a pride of African
Lions. You can feed over half the animals in the Zoo, allowing you to bond with
them in a special way, and to observe them at their best!
I saw some reviews that said th animals were in bad shape and that the enclosures were to small. Absolutely wrong. The animals were healthy and all appeared healthy. The enclosures were in great shape (many appear brand new). The only exception was the chimpanzee enclosure, which seemed small until I realized there was another section to it. I think they are also making a new area for them. All that aside, I recommend going early. Get to the bird area first with the kids, as it is amazing to have the birds land on you and play on your shoes. Don’t miss it!
Mandy Canfield of Hope For A Simple Life
Had a nice time aside from them paving the lot and not informing people that the asphalt was soft. My mom's wheelchair sunk down in and the wheels were covered in tar. Very big pain to try and clean! Signs indicating where to go would have been nice. It was at the entrance so we had no choice but to go through but one side was much softer than the other which we didn't realize. Otherwise the animals were neat especially feeding the giraffes.
This was a great place! It's small enough to really get to see and interact with all of the animals, and the walking is easy. We really enjoyed our visit!
Wish I wouldn't have gone. Cages to small. Animals seem sad. Toys for the animals is old kid toys and pvc pipes to feed them. This is not a zoo...it is animal cruelty. Wish someone would take these animals to a bigger zoo so they have the space they deserve.
Great to visit if you want to see animals and not drive very far. The Parakeet Experience was so funny. I loved it