Bensons Animal Farm
Benson’s Animal Farm
    23 Kimball Hill Rd, Hudson, New Hampshire Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Bensons Animal Park

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Dot B. April 21, 2014 09:59:31 (EDT)

Actually, Bret, I said that there were two ways of looking a Benson's. I am actually torn between those two views. One is that is was a happy, happy, happy place that we all loved. But, when I stood in the (tiny) elephant barn at Benson's in 1978 looking at a poor elephant chained to the concrete floor, I realized that elephants required much more space than Benson was providing. I believe that here you are trying to stifle the other point of view and that is that no everything memory of Benson's is a happy one. It was what it was. Why not be honest about it. If the management had not be in way over their heads they may have been able to care for the animals better, more people would have showed up and they would not have gone out of business. I just want to add, that I have been to many zoos and I have never been overcome by the the kind or horrific odor that was in the monkey house at Benson's at any of the others. I felt like I had seen a horror movie that day. And the stories that former Benson's worker told me added much to that horror that I will never forget. Perhaps that person will tell you those stories too (as if you do not already know them) and then you will know where I am coming from.


Jay April 21, 2014 08:09:44 (EDT)

Well said Bret, as I could not have said it that well. As I age I really don't have the patience to deal with the narrow minded.


Bret April 21, 2014 07:28:08 (EDT)

Dot B you are grossly misinformed by one narrow minded ignorant employee. You display a very sad lack of knowledge of zoos, elephants and animals in general. Snippets of what you say are true. You're welcome to your generalized very narrow minded opinion. More facts, information and understanding would make your opinon, more varied and far more valuable. A downside - negative misinformed talk such as yours is loud yet of a very small percentage. The truth is much quieter but stronger. Picking a few select points and washing the whole 'picture' with negativity and ignorance does serve your animal activist agenda. It will quite likely sway a few. Folks with maturity and open mindedness will smart enough to get the 'whole picture'.


Dot B April 19, 2014 20:38:33 (EDT)

In response to Erin Gibson's question about Kay she was "euthanised: using the exhaust from a truck, because of agressivness" http://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2966 We must not be discussed though because that is just how things were done back then.



Dot B. April 19, 2014 20:21:05 (EDT)

I found this message board back in March of 2008. That same month I found that Liz and Queenie, two of Benson's elephants were living at the sanctuary in Tennessee.https://www.elephants.com/ A few days later Queenie died. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this board and about Benson's. My interest in the elephants goes back to 1978, the last time I visited Benson's while it was open. I was horrified to see the way the elephants were kept. I never wanted to go back there again. I did go back though, with a former employee, before the restoration. She told me horror stories of how the animals were treated. She was also pleased when I directed her to this board so that she could reconnect with fellow employees. This is the first time I have been back here in years and I see that there is a bit of a war going on over the exact reason that I have my mixed feelings. It is because there are actually two ways to remember Benson's. One way to remember it is as happy place were families spent time together enjoying exotic animals, the outdoors and rides while the workers bonded together in their common experiences and tasks. But there is also another way to look at it and that is that it was a wholly inadequate way to care for animals. It was not "the norm of the day" as someone here put it. That is why the place went out of business. People did not want to go someplace where the animals were not well cared for. The people who ran the place were clearly in over their heads. The animals truly suffered there, whether or not that is a comfortable thing to think about. Liz may be the only animal from Benson's still alive. She is suffering from TB and a partially paralyzed trunk (from an injury she got while at Benson's). I think that everyone who loved Benson's and cares for the well being of animals should donate to the sanctuary to help feed and care for Liz. I do. https://www.elephants.com/


Karen Turpin April 15, 2014 14:03:35 (EDT)

We would love to bring the kids to Benson's animal Farm for our Easter outting. Will you be open Easter Sunday? How much is the addmission?


Tanya April 11, 2014 20:11:54 (EDT)

Love bensons! Would like to see more benches for everyone at the playground but that's one MINOR thing.


Lee Lavoie April 2, 2014 21:40:50 (EDT)

Benson Park has plenty of animals. You have to look hard because, they are not in cages. I knew the park before and enjoy it more now.


Paul March 17, 2014 17:41:02 (EDT)

At this time the Benson Park Committee has not released any area for additional benches. If you want your name on a list, contact Johnl@friendsofbensonpark.org


Brenda March 11, 2014 18:45:02 (EDT)

I love that the park was restored. Visiting Bensons now brings back so many memories. It is sad that we don't have the original park, however we have something just as beautiful. The land just isn't wasted away.


roddney March 7, 2014 22:14:44 (EDT)

please put life animals back


Norma Geary March 7, 2014 14:03:13 (EDT)

Could someone tell me who to contact to order and donate a bench for the park? Thank you so much.


russell March 4, 2014 20:56:44 (EDT)

When I was very young remember seeing Henry Ford at Bensons and coverseing with Mr Benson, am I imagining that is it true?


Lori February 10, 2014 22:06:08 (EDT)

I'm taking a shot in the dark here but, I'm looking for any information about Chase Wild Animal Farm in Halifax, Ma. It shut down some time around 1960. I heard Chase and Benson's had some connection, not sure if this is correct. The internet isn't really helping me with any info. If anyone out there could help me, I would really appreciate it. My e-mail is blueleapyear@yahoo.com Thank you very much


Donna January 24, 2014 21:12:02 (EDT)

I am looking for an old park map of Benson's around the 1980's time frame. Arthur was my father in law and I would like to give the map to my son, Arthur's grandson. If anyone has one or knows where I can find one I would appreciate the info. Thanks


Jay January 23, 2014 20:31:28 (EDT)

Ann perhaps you should read the entire post about Benson's before you make a dumb comment that has no bearing on anything current. There are no animals there and have not been any for over 20 years.


Ann Mattson January 23, 2014 07:31:08 (EDT)

I was at Bensons when I was 7 or 8 years old. I watched a caged and chained elephant eat a soda can and try to eat a blue sweater. It was very disturbing to me. I hope you take better care of your animals now


Marty Michiels January 12, 2014 19:59:21 (EDT)

Pinkey was my Tutu's brother in law. I saw them at the farm. It was a hoot


Maurice Michiels January 12, 2014 19:44:24 (EDT)

Any photos of Pinky Madison


Neama January 8, 2014 15:47:16 (EDT)

Looking through some old boxes today and found a pewter mug from Benson's Animal Farm. It brought back so many happy memories of the fun my sisters, brother, and I shared at the magical Benson's


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