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“Most Depressing Trip”

Space Farms Zoo & Museum
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Sussex
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

I am glad to see that people have tried to contact and change things about this zoo. Unfortunately, it remains the same. My hope is that someone reading the bad reviews can see this and create positive change. These animals are not kept in the right conditions. They are suffering daily. There were loaves of bread piled in cages to animals that do not even eat bread. The larger animals can barely stretch, their cages are so small. A monkey was pulling the fur out of its tail. There was nowhere for them to hide, nothing for them to play with. It would be worse than jail, like waiting everyday for death. Please someone help these animals.

11  Thank Eternallost
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

You start at Space Farms trying to see all the stuff that they have! The entry museum has a great selection of arms and oddities. It also has a blacksmith shop, auto museum, tractors, tools, and a general store.
My son and I had a great time in the zoo portion. The herds of deer and all the different bears was interesting. Then we went to see the lions. The male lion chose that moment to start his roars...WOW! The animals in the cages around him freaked out. The tiger got upset, the black bears starting fighting, the deer herd moved enmasse away and babies started to cry. To say the least, it was interesting. This park is big and they have alot of animals to see. The albino Elk and baby pigs were kid winners.

It was very sad to see the kangaroo with the bad leg. My son was upset with that.

The entry was fair I guess, $15 for adult and $11 for kids, my son and I enjoyed ourselves. Some of the cages should be increased.

Thank joe c
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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

I've seen all the ratings online (which I'm sure most are paid for and mostly positive ones get approved) but we decided to try it out. Very big wide open space for the kids to run around to the cages. But considering all the open vast land and what they charge to get in they can afford to give these animals larger areas and atmospheres that are more like their habitats they are meant to be in. Lions bears and wolves are not meant for a space like our backyards with no vegetation and nothing but rocks and dirt. They all looked so dehydrated and I was so sad for them. The deer were NUTS for the corn we fed them but they had absolutely no vegetation. They were in a small area of rocks and dirt surrounding the bear cages. They just cried out for corn when you walked towards them.
And forget having lunch there unless you want to sit in a cafeteria setting amongst all the taxidermy. Which is really ironic for a zoo. Just gross to eat amongst that too.
They need to really do some work here. The kids didn't know the difference and left happy but us adults were heartbroken for those animals. We wouldn't ever go back again and they need to be Called on to make changes or transport those animals to larger zoos where they will be happier.

7  Thank Tracy R
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

If you have kids this is a good day out. Firstly the place is big with animals given a lot of space to move around in, now that's contrary to some other reviews, but some animals are sitting in acres of land! The wild cats/lions/etc have just as much space as other Zoos such as Turtleback zoo. It's not as modern as that but then it's not situated in a heavily built up area so doesn't get funded by the same number of people passing through the gates.

The other roaming animals are in large compounds, considerably bigger than your average zoo.
Another user commented on the 'overwhelming smell'. Only area we smelt anything was around the baby pigs, but they are after all animals! and some reviewers clearly missed this point! It's a zoo and animals don't flush after using the bathroom! There was no smell at all today.
The grounds are well kept and clean. Some areas in need of modernizing but new pens in evidence.
You can buy food to feed a lot of the animals which kids of all ages (And adults) will love doing. The keepers are knowledgable and happy to answer questions.

3  Thank Richard A
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We visited this zoo with some friends and our children ranging from 8-11.. WE all had a great time. It is very small and friendly. Not over crowded. It was small enough that the kids could run ahead and we didn't have to worry about them getting lost. Loved all the animals and the museums were very interesting.

I would definitely go back again.

5  Thank tweetkate
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