Close Encounters at the Long Island Game Farm

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Marybeth Zilnicki crouching down next to a wallaby

CAPTION: Photo by Anthony Graziano picturing Marybeth Zilnicki crouching down next to a wallaby inside an enclosure.

[MANORVILLE, NEW YORK] –– On October 6, 2018, the Long Island Photo Gallery (LIPG) teamed up with the Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park and Children’s Zoo (LIGF) for a charity photoshoot in order to raise funds to sponsor a Game Farm enclosure.

At the event led by photographer Anthony Graziano, a select group of local photographers came down to the zoo and took exclusive close-up pictures of the animals such as the wallabies, giraffes, lemurs, and more. The unique photos were taken without the obstructing background of farm visitors or cages, which is a rare occurrence for the bustling zoo.

All photographers were required to donate $95 to the Game Farm if they were members of the LIPG and $110 if they were not members. Along with their donations, the photographers were given a private tour of the grounds and a small plate buffet. All proceeds went towards the renovation of an older animal enclosure. So far, $650 has been raised by the LIPG towards the enclosure sponsorship.

In 2019, Long Island Game Farm will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as Long Island’s largest combined children’s zoo and wildlife park. Donations are accepted to help improve the lives of the animals and their surroundings.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please call 631-878-6644.


The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located on 25 acres of land in Manorville. The Park has grown over the years and has served as a frequent destination of school children that have grown up on Long Island. Each year, thousands of guests visit the park.