About two and a half hours from New York City, up the Thruway to Exit 20 and off State Route 32 lies what was once the first privately owned zoo in the U.S. - the Catskill Game Farm. Founded in 1933 by Roland Lindemann, the zoo grew from a single enclosure with a small variety of deer to a 1,000 acre farm with 2,000 animals from all over the world. The game farm peaked in the 1960s, drawing half a million visitors each season. For decades, families would travel from near and far to visit the rural gem. Its primary attraction was the animal nursery and feeding ground where visitors were able to pet, feed, and interact with a variety of quadrupeds including deer, goats, and llamas.
I had visited it several times as a kid. While going through old pictures, I found that I had been there at seven. Now at 32, visiting the game farm well after its closing, I was nostalgic just as much now as I was then.
heUt sed maximus odio. Nam bibendum, diam sed rhoncus sagittis, sapien odio consectetur mauris, nec imperdiet justo ligula ac ante. Sed eu lectus ac est sagittis gravida. Nam quis porttitor justo, eu lobortis lorem. Praesent pharetra porttitor venenatis. Curabitur ac sollicitudin magna. Sed a massa sed dui scelerisque condimentum. Pellentesque semper rhoncus eros suscipit pellentesque. Duis quis orci sit amet quam accumsan tempor. Proin vestibulum placerat mauris, id finibus tellus sodales a. Cras semper venenatis nulla, vel finibus velit ornare nec.