Space Farms Zoo & Museum

Space Farms Zoo & Museum, Sussex: Hours, Address, Space Farms Zoo & Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

Space Farms Zoo & Museum
3.5
Speciality Museums • Zoos
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Seb D
4 contributions
Animals' Alcatraz
Sep. 2021
I knew what I was getting into before going, but I had to see it for myself to be sure. The enclosures are, indeed, very small, especially for the larger species. But it is much more than just that.

The many species of deer in the park appear starved, there is nearly no grass left in their exhibit, forcing them to rely on visitors' corn feed. Their enclosure also wraps around the black bear exhibit and are within direct view of the jaguar and mountain lions. If starving isn't stressing them out, then being watched by predators will certainly do it. The jaguar itself was also extremely stressed, pacing back and forth following the deer as they rotated by its cage.

The spotted hyena exhibit was especially sad. A small space, no larger than a city backyard with a small wooden kennel for shelter (same goes for nearly all of the big cat exhibits). The website advertised a pair, but only a lone female remains. When I asked a nearby keeper who was tossing the hyena its lunch, he said that the hyena's pair had died three years prior. Such isolation is not good for such a social animal and the poor thing just laid under a shrub from the surrounding wild horse exhibit as if it was waiting for something.

The feed that many of the carnivorous animals were getting was also a little disturbing. I can only describe it as chum, which was poured into the bear enclosures. Many of the animals refused to eat it, leaving it to swarms of flies and wild vultures that littered the park.

I would highly advise anyone looking for a happy trip to the zoo to stay away from this park. I would also like to ask anyone who disagrees with the animals' treatment here to please report your experience to the USDA, PETA, and any other animal welfare associations.
Written 12 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

radiology
New York1,623 contributions
Awful
Sep. 2021
I have to strongly agree with all the negative reviews! OMG can the cages get any smaller?? What about giving them some toys to occupy their time, instead of pacing back of forth? How about some enrichment, so they are not bored to death. Cow was in a cramped area near the lake-awful. The larger animals just pacing back and forth. How about selling some "museum" stuff and upgrade the animal enclosures. What about all the open land that is around??This is 2021, not the 60's where that was the norm. I will not return. The poor bears had nothing in their enclosures (actually none of the animals did) They should be ashamed of themselves.
At the least, give them some toys or objects to help occupy their time.
Written 23 September 2021
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Adrienne B
Pittsburgh, PA2 contributions
Roadside Cruelty
Aug. 2021 • Business
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 here.
Written 26 August 2021
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Sarai G
1 contribution
Space Farms is a Squalid hell hole
Sep. 2020 • Friends
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 confronting examples of animals in squalid, cramped conditions. If we can’t save the habitat of these endangered species this is not the answer. Their lives are simply rotting away on slabs on concrete. Where the big cats have no shade from the sun, and absolutely no room to exercise. Their muscles are deteriorating along with their health, spirit and everything that makes them the majestic beings we all came to see. Shame on New Jersey legislators for putting the public’s health at risk and for allowing our children to see such a place.
Written 23 August 2021
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Dani
1 contribution
Horrifying
Aug. 2021 • Family
I regret giving this place business. Truly depressing as the animals are kept in small cages that seem unfit for their size. Lions and bears given such a small area of land, or natural terrain inside their enclosure. They sell animal crackers to “feed” aka throw at bears and monkeys. The worst part is to get to the zoo, you need to walk past the Space Family trophy wall of wild animals that have been hunted and stuffed. I’m not talking a deer head or goose, but lions and polar bears - tons of dead animals. Did not come across to me as a farm run by animal lovers. Super curious how they have managed to remain open.
Written 4 August 2021
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Christopher N
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
Family fun in historic time
Sep. 2020 • Family
The museum and history of the space family are cool... I have been coming up here from city since a young child
Written 3 August 2021
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Meera K
St. George, United States2 contributions
Please don't visit
May 2021
I visited the Space Farms Zoo a few weeks ago and the place is very depressing. Most animal enclosures were pretty small with no shade. Many animals did not have access to clean water either. A lot of animals were obese - some of the animals could barely move.
Written 14 July 2021
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Mary r
1 contribution
HEAT WAVE concern
Jun. 2021
My daughter and grandson went today...and came away feeling very bad/sad for the animals ...with the heat and seeing their eyes...being HOT and SAD and penned up...May I ask..what are you doing in the next couple of HEATWAVE DAYS for the animals..who bring your dollars in ???
Written 28 June 2021
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Virginia T
1 contribution
Depressing and sickening
May 2021 • Family
I don’t understand how people can call this “a gem in the country”, “a wonderful experience”, “family fun for all”. Must be family or friends of the family trying to make it sound like something it isn’t! It was depressing and sickening to see the conditions these animals subsist in. No food, no water, no proper shelter. The owners should be jailed and the animals freed. The animals paced in cages too small. The lions lived on concrete flooring. The bears had such a small enclosure it was depressing. I wanted to cry the whole time. One of the sheep’s wool was so overgrown it could hardly walk, it’s hooves were so overgrown they curled up. Absolutely deplorable!! How they’re permitted to stay open is beyond comprehension! Close this animal torture prison and send these abused animals to a better, happier place to live!!
Written 9 May 2021
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S.Hody
1 contribution
Don't Do It.
May 2021 • Family
I think the only beautiful thing at this place was the colors of the peacocks, other than that this place is quite depressing and shouldn't be called a zoo. I agree with the other reviews, it's more like an animal concentration camp.

First thing I noticed walking around near where you eat their "incredible pizza" which was rather disgusting is the tanks filled with big snakes. Boas and pythons are in 40-60gal tanks, some sharing with two other snakes.

Next thing I noticed was after spending $20.50/adult to go outside was the baby alligator in a fish tank and the horrendous smell of rotting flesh and fox piss. There was a bear sitting in an enclosure with multiple foxes and after them, lions - tigers - pumas - and more....

I agree the animals all looked miserable and hungry. There was even a sign outside saying "feeding today at 12:45" and I joked: what, is that the only time they're fed? Bc it's true....

There really is no shade for the animals except these shabby huts. The wolves are surrounded by their prey, the bears, Mt lions, and smaller animals all pace their cages. I don't know about the kangaroos or monkeys cause after doing the big circle we were all done. Especially after the cherry was plopped on top when an old sheep came to us from across the way for corn. The wool on this creature was so matted and thick, you could see it struggling to walk. Not to mention the nails on em were long and curling up. It was very sad to see.

This place is definitely not a place I would recommend. I remember going when I was younger but didn't think or rather remember it being this bad.

Contacting PETA is useless for those calling on them to do something. The people of Sussex need to get petitions signed and brought to the county to have this taken care of. But if any of them truly cared, this place would've been shut down a long time ago.

Don't waste your time or money going. There's other things to do in the area than have your heart broken and a cloud of depression to follow you around for the day.
Written 9 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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