Buellton Wild Animal Park (Ted and Pat Derby) in United States

Buellton Wild Animal Park (Ted and Pat Derby)
First elephant0
Stopped elephants1970
Closed down1970
AddressAndersen Animal Farm
PlaceBuellton, Santa Ynez Valley
CountryUnited States

The Andersen Animal Farm, behind Pea Soup AndersenĂ¯Â¿Â½s, had exotic animals and a train for children to ride. It was operated for two years in the early 1970s by former Pea Soup AndersenĂ¯Â¿Â½s owner Vince Evans, who died in a plane crash.

The business thrived under Evans' hand. By then the restaurant was purchasing 50 tons of peas each year, enough for three-quarters of a million bowls of soup! He built an aviary and filled it with parrots, he installed a train for children to ride that went from the restaurant to the area where the motel now stands, and even had a miniature wild animal park for two years. The park was discontinued in 1970 to make way for the addition of a Danish style motel in 1970.

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