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Manisses Animal Farm


Manisses Animal Farm

Spring and High Streets, Block Island, RI

Don’t know a zedonk from a zebu? You’re in luck at this petting zoo full of exotic animals collected from around the world by the owner of the Hotel Manisses, Justin Abrams. Located behind the hotel in a garden-like atmosphere, the “farm” is as low-key as everything else on Block Island. So you can wander right up and pet and feed camels, or peer through fences close-up at red kangaroos, ring-tailed lemurs, a tortoise and more. Abrams is constantly adding new animals to his stables, and will gladly tell you about their history and quirks as he makes the rounds feeding in the afternoon. A zebu, by the way, is a humped breed of cattle from India that is among the oldest known. A zedonk, of course, is a cross between a zebra and a donkey.

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