|About Action Wildlife|
Action Wildlife Foundation, Inc. offers residents of CT, MA and NY the unusual opportunity of observing and learning about animals from North America, Africa, India, New Zealand, Asia and the Artic. Not only is a visit to AW an education in animal life and habitats, it is also a fun activity for children to touch and feed the smaller animals in our petting zoo. Older children and young adults are sure to be intrigued by the museum gallery.
Visit AW and experience the beauty and strength occurring naturally in the wild. Located in Goshen, Connecticut, Action Wildlife Foundation sits upon the Northwest Hills of Litchfield County, surrounded by glorious fields of green.
Visit our new Museum and Exploration center, which opened in the spring of 2008. The museum showcases taxidermy animals from throughout the world displayed in their natural settings, including two natural waterfalls!! Check out our "hands on" educational center for children. In back of the museum, there is a large covered pavilion with plenty of picnic tables for lunches and snacks. Don't forget to visit our fully stocked gift shop, featuring unique wildlife merchandise for all ages. Don't miss this incredible center, there is nothing like it in the area.
The list of residents at Action Wildlife
is constantly changing. The list below is just a partial list of
animals that you'll find grazing the green pastures of AW!
Australian Black Swan
Japanese Sika Deer
Persian Red Sheep
Scottish Highland Cattle
Wild Boar (European)
dairy farm set on 116 acres of land, the transformation into Action
Wildlife is the result of one manís impetus and entrepreneurial spirit -
Jim Mazzarelli. Mr. Mazzarelli began preparing the land about 8
years ago so that exotic animals from around the world could survive and
prosper in Goshen, Connecticut. The animals that are selected to
join the cast at AW easily adapt to varying extremes in climate and
landscape. Several breeds of animals have the capability to develop
thicker coats during the colder months and then revert to thinner coats
during the warmer months. Those animals with thinner coats are sheltered
in a barn throughout the colder New England winter months.
roadside view it is apparent the amount of time, planning, money and sweat
that has gone into the development of the facility. As a non-profit
organization all fees charged for admission, hayrides, pumpkin sales and
petting zoo visits are applied to the overall costs incurred, which when
estimated covers only 25 percent of our total cost to feed and maintain
the animals, including veterinary fees and farm equipment costs. A
veterinarian technician is on site 40 hours per week to feed, exercise and
care for the general over-all health of the animals. All animals are
vaccinated according to FDA regulations and individual attention is given
to the specific types of food fed to different animals. There are over 10
different types of grain and feed mixtures available, so knowing the diet
for one animal and how it differs from the diet for the next animal, makes
feeding time a critical part of each day.
development projects are under construction. Beginning in early spring,
our more docile animals (such as the American elk and Bison) will
be moved up front, making them more visible when passersby view the
foundation from the road. These sections have been enclosed with wire and
piping that runs the extent of the encasement. Also, within this same
area, towards the back section, Ibex goats will be featured. These goats
are excellent climbers, who are sure to enjoy the rock mountain erected
specifically with them in mind. This large edifice was built over a period
of five months, designed to provide a natural shelter for the goats. When
touring the facility we suggest that visitors pay special attention to the
waterfall to the back of the mountain. This generator-powered waterfall
keeps the water from becoming stagnant. The Ibexes will always have fresh
water to drink. Thank you, Mr. Jim!
Guests touring the foundation on a seasonal hayride, excluding winter months, have the opportunity of viewing more than 32 species of exotic animals from around the world, from Africaís Aoudad to the Zebu of Asiaís grassy plains. No tour at the farm is complete without a peppy tour guide to relate facts on the animals and keep the energy fun. Questions are always welcome and guests are encouraged to voice their interests. And then there is our tractor driver, who is none other than the owner himself, Jim Mazzarelli, or another equally adroit driver.
When touring the eastern section of the foundation, visitors marvel at our collection of huge tires. These tires are intended for use in a playscape that has been projected for completion within the next few years. In addition to this playscape, the picnic areas will be expanded so that in time, AW can represent a composite package of fun and education for individuals, couples, families and groups.
School groups routinely appreciate the conveniences of guided tours, picnic areas and visits to our petting barn and museum gallery. For the past three years, schools across Connecticut have planned field trips at AW with appreciative teachers commenting on the positive reactions they have witnessed in their students. Seeing the students interact with nature is cause to smile, since many of the schools visiting the foundation are located in inner city areas. Students attending these schools may have little if any opportunity to experience the countryside, farm life or the sights, sounds and smells of animals in nature. They also benefit from the hands-on knowledge offered to them by those who work at the farm.
The employees at AW are versatile individuals, often performing more than one specialty on the farm, from feeding and exercising the animals, to serving as guides. Others are responsible for tourism planning and detailing animal histories in print and on our website. Then you have the fix-it types who make digging ditches, lying pipe or running wire fences seem a leisurely effort.
It is not difficult then to imagine the time involved with upkeep. Now, think of the strides taken to consistently produce ideas for new development and expansion projects. And now, think bigger and bigger with each of those projects. Now you are getting an idea of the scope with which Jim Mazzarelli envisions for the future of AW. This Goshen farm situated behind a marvel of stonewalls just keeps on growing. Such demonstration of growth was never projected to be a one-stage process. Instead, it speaks of one personís desire to produce a community-shared legacy from a passionate vision.
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