Fun at Manorville's Animal Farm Petting Zoo

Kidsday reporter Alexandra Rivera from Rocky Point holding Kidsday reporter Alexandra Rivera from Rocky Point holding a lamb at the Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Manorville. (May 22, 2013) Photo Credit: Handout

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We went to the Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Manorville recently. We got to do lots of fun and exciting things.

We met with John Albach, the assistant director, who grew up around animals. He told us the farm is a family business, and the petting zoo is a nonprofit organization. He helped build the petting zoo.

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It has been open since 1981. This month, they have a Halloween display. There are more than 500 animals in the zoo, many of them donated. They had been unwanted or illegal pets. They also have farm animals and exotic animals, such as camels and monkeys.

A veterinarian goes there regularly, and staff members help with the health care of the animals.

They have a cute gift shop that you see as you enter. The next thing you see is a goat pen. When we went, it was impossible to enter or leave without the baby goats trying to get out. It's actually pretty funny! You can touch and feed most of the animals. There is a little barn where you can hold baby bunnies and guinea pigs, and if there are attendants around, they can help you hold baby lambs. You can even see some ducks and chickens walking around freely. There is a free pony ride, too. This zoo is available for birthday parties, and there's a nice picnic area where you can eat you own food or food from the concession stand. They also have play areas and rides.

Our favorite thing about this zoo is that you can pet, feed and adopt some of the animals. Visit the Animal Farm Petting Zoo with your family and friends. It is at 296 Wading River Rd., Manorville. Call 631-878-1785, or click on afpz.org

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