Animal Adventures

Family Zoo & Rescue Center #WayCoolerThanAZoo

Welcome To Animal Adventures!

Animal Adventures is New England's largest, privately owned animal rescue center of its kind. We have been operating out of Bolton, MA since 1997. We started as an exotic animal rescue center and expanded into a family operated small zoo. Unlike the big zoos, we are not super fancy but do what we must to provide an enriched life for the animals. We take in hundreds of unwanted or unable to be cared for animals each year. Some, we are able to re-home and others will live here for the rest of their lives. We are open to the public for visiting, tours, classes and events. We also travel to do educational programs at schools, libraries, colleges and more. We are a USDA licensed zoo and State recognized educational facility and rescue center. We follow strict care guidelines set forth by our Founder Dr. Ed Laquidara Ph. D. and the USDA and each animals needs are met on a daily basis. Because we are not AZA all of our funding comes directly from you through programs, visits and donations. We have chosen to refrain from being a 501(c)3 organization because we feel we are able to provide a better life for the animals by remaining a small, family run business. All donations received go towards new and updated exhibits and enclosures for the animals. So on behalf of the animals, Thank You for your generous donations and continued support! Please take a moment to browse our website and see what we have to offer. We are always available to answer any questions or concerns.

Who we are...

Ed and Brenda Laquidara:

Founders and Primary Owners

Ed and Brenda Laquidara have spent their entire lives working with animals, from farm animals to exotics. In 1997, Ed and Brenda turned their hobby of caring for animals into a full-time professional animal education facility. Animal Adventures is located in Bolton, Massachusetts. We take in exotic animals that are no longer able to be kept by their current owners. The animals that come into the facility are either kept at Animal Adventures and used for educational programs, or are placed at other animal facilities. Animal Adventures delivers thousands of educational programs throughout New England each year.

Our Mission...

In an ongoing effort to provide a unique and memorable learning experience for all audiences, we strive for excellence in our animals, our presentations, our educational curriculum, and our business practices.

In keeping with our high standards none of our animals are wild caught. We rescue abandoned, orphaned and neglected animals and provide them with a high-quality life while using them to inspire and educate you. We also receive animals from specialty breeders.