Claws and Paws Wild Animal Park, RR 6, Route 590, Lake Ariel 570-698-6154. Lake Ariel is about a 25-minute drive from Ponderosa Pines. This park has over 120 different species including giraffes, lions, and tigers, the petting zoo, and a farmyard. Educational animal shows are given from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A snack bar and picnic area are on the premises.

The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, Long Ridge Road, White Mills, PA 570 253-1185. This 600-acre wildlife sanctuary is located on the grounds of the former home of glassmaker Christian Dorflinger. Also on the sanctuary is the Dorflinger Glass Museum and an open-air amphitheater used in the months of July and August for concerts.

Lacawac Wildlife Sanctuary, RD 1, Box 518, Lake Ariel, PA 570 689-9494. Both a training facility for students and a field station for research, the Lackawac sanctuary makes a number of programs available to the public.

Pocono Snake and Animal Farm, PO Box 238, Route 209, Marshall’s Creek, PA is an hour’s drive from Ponderosa Pines, but if you are a snake enthusiast, it is certainly a trip we recommend. In addition to snakes and snakes and more snakes, there are other animals to see. The farm is closed on rainy days.

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