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Space Farms Zoo & Museum, Sussex

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Space Farms Zoo and Museum is a combination of a zoo for animals and a historical museum located at 218 Route 519, in the Beemerville section of Wantage Township in Sussex County, New Jersey, in the United States. It is currently owned by New Jersey Assemblyman Parker Space.

Founded in 1927, the zoo is home to a wide selection of mammals and reptiles of the North America region and all over the world, including some endangered species. At one time, Space Farms was host to the largest bear in captivity in the world, a Kodiak bear named Goliath. The 2,000-pound (900 kg) Goliath still stands tall in front of a diverse taxidermy exhibit in the main hall of the museum. He was preserved in an imposing upright position after his death in 1991. His abnormally large skull is upstairs, where one can compare it to skulls of other animals.

The Space Farms museum houses an extensive variety of antique vehicles and items used during the early history of the United States, such as horse-drawn carriages and early motorcycles. The vehicles are largely unrestored, being in much the same remarkable condition as when they were acquired. There are also colonial period tools and weapons on display.

Children can feed young animals by hand and there is a large food and drink area for picnics. There is also a gift shop and playground area where people can explore nature without being in the wild. The atmosphere is very relaxed, with family members giving talks and performing (animal) infant feedings.

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  • This a roadside zoo with horrific suffering on display. If watching animals confined to small cages in insufferable heat is your thing, visit this place. Do not fuel this cruelty by spending money...  more »
  • I visited space farms and left in tears after what I saw. It is our admiration for these majestic creatures that brought us to this terrible place. Everywhere you look there are stark and...  more »
  • We had a great time with kids there. It's a cool mix of museum, petting zoo and farm. You can also see some big animals. They also have a on-site cafe selling pizza, chicken meat, salad etc. The farm animals are happy and are free to ask around. I am only concerning about the some animals, such as bear, tiger, and lion, who seem needing more space and more customized environment other than a cell. I even feel the foxes need more room and birds need to fly in a bigger space.
  • A hidden gem. We were in the area and looking for something to do with the kids, and just happened across this place. It is fantastic. Lots of animals, great museum, old cars, old tools, lots of memorabilia. Though can feed the animals. And they have food - pizza, salad, subs, etc. Great place to take family for a day out.
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