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Space Farms Zoo

Over 500 Live Wild Animals

Including More Than 100 Species

As you tour the wild friends and family at Space Farms, you will have the opportunity to visit and observe the Space Farms Zoo, which includes bobcats, tigers and lions, buffalo, hyena, wild ponies, timber wolves, various types of foxes, bears and deer, leopards, monkeys, jaguars, coyotes, llamas, yaks, snakes, and hundreds more. This private collection of North American wildlife is the largest in the world — even rare, exotic species thrive in the natural Space Farms environment.

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Record-Holding Zoo

LARGEST BEAR IN THE WORLD

Goliath — 2000 pounds, 12 ft. tall 
Guinness World Records 
Lived at Space Farms 1967 – 1991


LIFE LONGEVITY RECORDS

Bobcat — 33 years
Jaguar — 21 years
Puma — 22 years

History of Space Farms Zoo

  • Fred Space - Animal Farm Petting Zoo FRED SPACE - 1958
  • Ralph Space, Founder of Space Farms Zoo RALPH SPACE

Space Farms originated in 1927 when Ralph and Elizabeth Space bought the first 1/4 acre of a complex that now expands to more than 400 acres. What began as a small general store, repair shop, and a wild animal shelter, grew to become New Jersey’s largest combined zoo and museum. The Spaces’ children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren continue the family tradition of conserving wildlife and preserving American history.

 

The Spaces were native farm people, both growing up on small family farms in Sussex County. Ralph Space worked hard to support what was soon a growing family. His mechanical expertise enticed him to open a small repair shop and gas station. Elizabeth helped by starting a small general store carrying the few necessities the local people needed: salt, sugar, oyster crackers, corn flakes, bulk cookies, canned salmon, soda pop and penny candy for the kids. Little did they know this small family business would someday become an internationally known attraction!

Later, to supplement the family income (which now included 3 children), Ralph was employed by the New Jersey State Game Department to trap predators marauding farm animals. This moonlighting was natural for Ralph, who was always an avid sportsman. Most of the distress calls were from local farmers in the springtime, when bobcats, fox, and raccoon had young to feed and preyed on the plentiful farm goats, sheep, chickens and ducks. Rather than kill the animals he caught in the spring – when the fur was of little value – Ralph built small enclosures around his garage to save them. Ralph’s original intentions were to keep the animals until the fall when the pelts were valuable. When the time came, however, 3 small Space children – Loretta, Edna and Fred – cried and begged their father to keep the animals. By the next spring, the animals had multiplied and the collection of wildlife grew. People around the area soon heard about the Space family’s wild animal collection and would drive by to see it. They would buy some gas, maybe some candy and soda, and visit the animal collection. Although he never intended it, Ralph Space soon had a zoo! 

Pet Policy: We do not allow dogs or other animals to be brought into the zoo or our buildings. Space Farms allows entrance to service dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability as defined under titles II and III of the ADA. Emotional support or comfort dogs do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

HOURS

SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE


September hours open daily 10-5 last entrance at 4pm as a walk through. Masks required in all buildings and restrooms. Masks not required in the outdoor zoo area when able to properly social distance.

 

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ADMISSION

Admission Prices

Adults (13 - 64): $20.00 plus tax
Children (3-12): $16.50  plus tax
Seniors (65+): $18.50 plus tax


Group Prices (20+ people)
Adults (18+): $16.00 plus tax
Teen (13-17): $13.00 plus tax
Child (0-12): $12.00 plus tax
Reservations are required for large groups. 

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Season Pass Rates

One Adult: $40 plus tax
One Child: $33 plus tax

DIRECTIONS

Space Farms Zoo & Museum
218 County Road 519
Sussex, NJ 07461

Find Us 973-875-5800

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