Bensons Animal Farm
Benson’s Animal Farm
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Mr. Dana Sion April 11, 2012 12:09:51 (EDT)

VikiH,
The Friends of Benson Park, Inc. sells a great history book by Bob Goldsack a historian on the park. Check out www.friendsofbenson.org for contact info.


VickiH April 9, 2012 16:20:09 (EDT)

My Dad used to talk about working at Benson's when he was a teenager. He was from New York, but would go there for the summers. That is all I know. He was born in 1919, so I'm assuming this was around the mid-1930's to perhaps the early 1940s. Are there any work-related documents or stories from this time period? Or, is there anyone I could contact?

I would love to find a picture or story involving him.

Thanks, Vicki


art sawyer April 3, 2012 12:48:43 (EDT)

work there with some of the nices people you ever want to meet was there in 75=76 and in 79=80 i hope you all are doing well i leard a lot from all of you thanks art


Dana Sion April 1, 2012 13:07:09 (EDT)

Congrats to The friends of Benson Park, Inc. on the start of a voter approved 50 year lease to use the former Benson's Wild Animal Farm Elephant Barn as the new BWAF museum, gift shop and concession stand.

For more details you can find FOBP,Inc on Facebook or at www.friendsofbenson.org


cheryl March 27, 2012 13:33:06 (EDT)

Bob, you could probably check the archives at the Nashua library for old articles.

Steve.....
13 turtles out there yesterday !
thought they'd be back under the mud with temps back to normal !


Dolores Wallgren March 24, 2012 23:07:51 (EDT)

Our family went to Bensons Animal Farm in the late thirties and I had a ride on Betsy.There were two benches on her sides held by leather straps and she knelt to let children to get on and off after she gave them a ride.I was thrilled and never forgot that I rode on an elephant.


Bob Champagne March 24, 2012 17:53:55 (EDT)

I am looking for any news articales from the early 1960's
about bensons animal park. I dont remember if they had there own paper or there was a Hudson news paper.
Thank you for any help


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Dana Sion March 24, 2012 09:10:17 (EDT)

Sandy,
The dog park at Benson Park will be opened when the enough money is raised to pay off the fencing that was installed.
Check out www.hudsondogpark.com for more Info.

To adopt a section of fence: http://www.hudsondogpark.com/fundraising-2/adopt-a-fence

From the Hudson Dog Park at Benson Park:
Just wanted to clarify the Donation Amounts and Fence Payment information since the Donation Can on the website isn’t currently reflecting the amount money we have received and paid!

The total fence cost is $19,800. So far we have paid $9000 and currently owe $10,800.

We received almost $1700 from the DOG Sled Event on February 26th and with some additional online donations we are planning on making a $2000 payment to Gate City Fence in March so that we will owe $8,800. Paying off the remaining fence balance is one of the main steps in getting those gates open!

Sorry if this caused any confusion, we’re working on getting the online amount to be more accurate, this should be resolved over this weekend.

If you have any questions please contact me: jbarker@hudsondogpark.com


Dana Sion March 24, 2012 09:10:16 (EDT)

Sandy,
The dog park at Benson Park will be opened when the enough money is raised to pay off the fencing that was installed.
Check out www.hudsondogpark.com for more Info.

To adopt a section of fence: http://www.hudsondogpark.com/fundraising-2/adopt-a-fence

From the Hudson Dog Park at Benson Park:
Just wanted to clarify the Donation Amounts and Fence Payment information since the Donation Can on the website isn’t currently reflecting the amount money we have received and paid!

The total fence cost is $19,800. So far we have paid $9000 and currently owe $10,800.

We received almost $1700 from the DOG Sled Event on February 26th and with some additional online donations we are planning on making a $2000 payment to Gate City Fence in March so that we will owe $8,800. Paying off the remaining fence balance is one of the main steps in getting those gates open!

Sorry if this caused any confusion, we’re working on getting the online amount to be more accurate, this should be resolved over this weekend.

If you have any questions please contact me: jbarker@hudsondogpark.com


Sandy March 20, 2012 13:19:44 (EDT)

Hi! When will the Dog Park open? Thanks!


Steve March 14, 2012 19:15:02 (EDT)

Hi Cheryl. Thanks for the pleasant image. It is good to know the turtles are doing ok out there. I heard the frogs going to work today, too.


cheryl March 13, 2012 17:38:28 (EDT)

Counted 5 basking in the sun today !


cheryl March 13, 2012 12:01:06 (EDT)

Steve,
I'm expecting turtles on the logs any day now, with this crazy early warm weather !


Dana Sion March 11, 2012 22:37:38 (EDT)

The dog sled fundraiser for the friends of the Hudson dog park was great and raised some much needed funds to help open the dog park


cheryl March 6, 2012 10:41:07 (EDT)

hey how did the dog sled day go ?

lots of funny sled teams ??


Steve February 20, 2012 18:23:40 (EDT)

Thanks, Cheryl. You are a kind soul.


Cheryl February 20, 2012 09:07:19 (EDT)


Turtles are a symbol of longevity.
Sorry about Penelope.

Don't know if it's still alive but...the vet down on D.W. Highway had a turtle that someone picked up off the side of the road. It's shell was crushed. The doctor repaired the shell with cement or something and the turtle was swimming in the tank in the waiting room !

My vet has a turtle he has had since his college days !
Which makes her 40 something.

I had 2 retired classroom turtles Sunoco and Shell.
They were native pond turtles and after sometime of a different diet I was able to release them back to a pond.
Sunoco swam away fast and Shell started eating right away in the shallow water before she swam away.

On a sunny day behind my house, I love to quietly sneak up on the turtles to count how many are on a fallen tree in the river. On a good day there's at least 10-15... sometimes more

Again sorry about Penelope !!


L. Records February 19, 2012 21:04:51 (EDT)

I'm not looking to return the message board to just Benson's people but to all who loved Benson's for what it was hopefully without being so judgemental.
Part of Benson's was circus. It is unrealistic to think young people were not inspired to care more for animals after seeing Benson's elephants, cats, bears,seals,chimps and others performing. While I was trainer there we got strongly positive feedback every day. A good education requires more than studying just a couple of subjects. You might not get much info about natural history or conservation directly. However much that can be absorbed by young minds. A zoo exhibit or lesson on a computer, while important, can not equal to the inspiration that can be forthcoming from some performances. I am not for unsafe power tricks or animals in human clothing. Performances can and should show animals natural abilities without being demeaning to the animal. Big cats leaping, rolling over, sitting up, leap-frogging over each other show their grace, speed, physical capability and ability to learn. The Himalayan black bears I trained at Benson's (Levi & Wrangler) loved to do their behaiviors. For apples Levi learned to roll on a barrel in one day. He sat in a child's swing and I swung him over my head. Was this beneath him? He couldn't wait to climb up and do it again. Do-gooders (yeah, I've had my share of people telling me my business)say elephant tricks are unatural. They balance, lay down, lift their trunks, lift their feet. spread their ears, sit up on their backsides and mount each other (hence: baby elephants)in the wild.Queen and Liz played the harmonica.Demeaning? Personaly I think children learned both of the elephant's ability to hold someting small with the two fingers on the end of their trunk and that they can breath and blow air in and out as well. The fact that it was entertaining in no way harmed the elephant. Music doesn't harm animals and I truly believe Queen, Liz and Jackie got into the act even more when there was a particularly enthusiastic audience. (I know I'm anthropomorphising and it's just my opinion.)What could more educational than sitting on an elephant's broad back and feeling her powerful muscles moving beneath you.
I was at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. recently.
I would imagine this to be an example of what Mr. A.would consider a responsible zoo. This is a non-contact zoo where the keepers are not allowed in with the elephants.For enrichment and excersize they have a long path going up a hillside. To get the elephant to utilize this a keeper baited it with greens and treats. I watched about 30 minutes and I bet they didn't get the pachyderm more than 60 feet. That is something I found to be sad. Some zoos think enrichment is hiding goodies around the exhibit.
Benson's elephants got to go to the lake for a swim each day in warm weather. In cooler weather we took them to a gravel pit on the property where they slid down embankments and tipped over small trees. They were in the daily parade. They had constant attention all year long. Mr. Provencher cared a great deal for the elephants and made sure I had all the time and help I needed to make their lives better.
I agree much of circus history has been terrible for animals. I'm just saying it can be done right. There needs to be growth and understanding and that training can and should be a good thing.I know there are MANY things I could have done better and I try to do better every day with the animals I now have.


Steve (webmaster) February 19, 2012 20:57:46 (EDT)

Penelope the Turtle, 1982-2012.

My dear turtle companion Penelope died from natural causes on Thursday. She has been part of the family ever since my then-two-year-old daughter found her as a hatchling in Robinson Pond. We have loved and cared for her all these years. She would have been 30 this summer. Penelope was full of spirit and curiousity. She was always watching for company and enjoyed having me sit near her and play with her. She loved joining in the activity when there were people visiting the house. She will be missed by many.


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