A sole African elephant named Asha lives at this Virginia zoo. The zoo is not a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, nor does it meet the AZA standards. To meet accreditation minimums, elephants - because they are social animals - need at least two other pachyderm companions.
Natural Bridge Zoo was under a USDA investigation in January, and animal welfare group In Defense of Animals included the zoo in its 2014 "Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants." About 70,000 people have signed online petitions demanding the zoo's closure.
This post has been updated to clarify that the Natural Bridge Zoo is not a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.