SUSSEX – Space Farms Zoo and Museum, located in rural Sussex, is now open for the 2011 season. The zoo is now now home to coati, a mammal of the raccoon family native to Central and South America, and African servals, medium-sized wild cats.
“For over 80 years our family has been dedicated to conserving wildlife and preserving American history,” said zookeeper Lori Space Day, whose grandfather started Space Farms. “The animals are like members of our family. We love to educate visitors and have them get up close and personal with the wildlife – from the cute and cuddly to lions, tigers and bears.” Space Farms is on the fourth generation of family members working at the zoo.
Since 1927 families have been visiting Space Farms to view animals from far away lands from just inches away. The rural zoo has the largest private collection of North American wildlife worldwide and features exotic species from across the globe. Adding to Space Farms’ rustic charm are free roaming chickens, ducks and geese that follow guests as they tour the zoo.
Upcoming Special Events
- Mother’s Day (5/8) – Moms enjoy free admission, informative talks on maternal behavior, nursery feedings
- Farmer Fred Day (5/14) – Hay pile jumps, Farmer Fred talks about hay production
- Armed Forces Day (5/21) – Military personnel (active/retired) receive 10% off, tour antique weapons
- Memorial Day Weekend (5/28-30) – Carnivore feedings – watch the lions, tigers and bears eat
- Buffalo Bill Day (6/4) – Kids dressed as cowboys or Native Americans receive a free bag of animal food, learn about the great American buffalo
- Scavenger Hunt Day (6/11) – What can you find at the zoo? Complete the hunt and receive a bag of animal food
- Father’s Day (6/19) – Dads receive free admission, discussions on paternal behavior
- Safari Day (6/26) – Children that bring their favorite stuffed wild animal toy get a free bag of animal food
Visit the Space Farms website (www.spacefarms.com) for more information and a full listing of upcoming events. Space Farms Zoo and Museum is located on Route 519 in Sussex and is open daily through Oct. 31. Admission prices are $14 per adult, $9.50 per child and $13 per senior.
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