Myself [Bret Bronson] and Randy Warren taken in early '80's. Me with jaguar cub and Randy with raccoon. We just learned that Randy passed away this past year in Maine.
Bruce Ashmore in early '80's doing an alligator demonstration
Old Bensons bumper sticker (not sure of era) Bruce Ashmore had me scan to submit for the site.
'Queen' - who passed away this past spring. Photo was taken in 1981, last year she performed this feat. She was one of a small handful of elephants to ever be trained to roll a barrel. She was originally trained by Slivers Madison in the early '60's.
Last 4 Benson's elephants, 'Liz', 'Queen', 'Jackie', and 'Tanya' going for a walk thru park to old 'lumber yard' at far end of zoo for 'playtime'. Elephant Barn in background. Photo taken in October 1987, week prior to final auction.
All 4 elephants at play in shallow pond and gravel area located outside main park Fall 1987
Elephant ride area in Sept. 1987. Located behind elephant barn, at corner of Kimball Hill Road and Bush Hill Road.
photo from spring of 1981, moving alligators from winter holding to summer exhibit. L to R - Bruce Ashmore, Randy Warren, Tim Dutton, Mika Nurmikko
Old zoo themed hearse from Benson's. 1981
1981 - the late Connie Zanoni, 'Noah' the camel, and Arthur Provencher at the Sheraton Boston
This photo shows the infamous Harvey, noted by a couple of recent Bensons' website visitors and fondly known to anyone likely that worked at the park during his 'era'. Here's thinking of you Harvey!
I'm not really sure how long Harvey was employed at Bensons. He was there when I arrived in early '80 and left sometime around '83. He was a gruff fairly 'unkept' individual - to say the least but, he was a very unique and intelligent guy. Those that knew him will get a big smile I'm sure in seeing his photo. Harvey was truly a unique 'Bensons Individual'. I did hear he passed away several years ago though, I'm not sure where or when.