It's close, it's great for the whole family, and it serves a great purpose. If you are looking for options to get outside and do something a bit on the wild side... why not check out Dew Haven in Mount Vernon.

Maybe you remember the TV show based on Dew Haven called "Yankee Jungle" that use to run on Animal Planet awhile back. Maybe you've been there a million times since it is just a jaunt down the road, or maybe you've been thinking about going and this will be your first trip. There couldn't be a better time to check it out.

If you are not familiar, Dew Haven is a non-profit zoo and animal rescue. According to their website they've been  "dedicated to providing a safe haven for our animals, and promoting society's education regarding animal wellness, respect, and conservation." They want you to know that "Dew Haven is a working farm, not a commercial zoo."

The founders, Bob and Julie Miner, built Dew Haven from the ground up starting as a farm in 1980, and transforming into a zoo and rescue.  After years of blood, sweat, tears, and laughter, and with help and support from friends and volunteers, Dew Haven is now haven to over 200 animals from all over the world. Bob and Julie live with the animals and dedicate their lives to them.  They strive to educate the community with fun, educational, interactive tours, in hopes to help people understand the furture of animals is everyone's responsibility.

So many different animals to see... lions, and tigers, and bears "Oh My" and so many others too. Check out their website to and read the story behind each animal there.

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