dedicated to providing a safe haven for our animals, and promoting society's education regarding animal wellness, respect, and conservation. DEW Haven is a working farm, not a commercial zoo—think rustic nature versus concrete. Founders, Bob and Julie Miner, built DEW Haven from the ground up starting as a farm in 1980, and transforming into a zoo and rescue. After years of blood, sweat, tears, and laughter—with help and support from friends and volunteers—DEW is now haven to over 200 animals from all over the world. Bob and Julie live with the animals and dedicate their lives to them. They strive to educate the community with fun, educational, interactive tours, in hopes to help people understand animals futures are everyones responsibility.
What to expect:
June 15–August 31
10 am–5 pm
September 1–October 11
10 am–5 pm
Columbus day-April 30
May 7–June 15
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 10 am–5 pm
Friday: 10 am–5 pm
Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
CASH OR CREDIT ONLY
(active or retired military ID REQUIRED)
(ages 3 and under)
*HOURS AND PRICING are subject to change without notice
WE CLOSE FOR RAIN! PLEASE CHECK FACEBOOK BEFORE VISITING
All the animals at DEW Haven have their own story. They come from zoos that closed down or did not want them anymore, people who had mistreated them, or owned them illegally, or owned them as a pet and could not take care of them anymore, were purchased, or they were born right here at DEW Haven.
Wildlife facilities require a lot of hard work, organization, and upkeep for both the grounds and the animals in their care. DEW Haven offers a wonderful internship program for those interested in getting experience working with domestic and exotic animals. DEW has had interns from various backgrounds and college majors, including but not limited to; biology, pre-vet, tourism, zoology, animal behavior, and wildlife biology. We accept interns of any animal related major.
An internship position at DEW Haven offers many different experiences to learn how to care for a variety of species. Duties include cleaning animal enclosures, monitoring behaviors, learning husbandry techniques, checking food and water, helping to educate the public, and researching, creating, designing, observing (and in some instances personally implementing) enrichment projects for the animals. Those who are interested in pursuing a career in animal husbandry or research will find that an internship at DEW provides a great foundation for figuring out a path. Not only will you learn information about exotic, wild, and domestic species, you will learn numerous skills in communicating with the public, how to follow safety procedures, how to work with your hands and tools, and also how to think critically to plan projects for the benefit of the wildlife.
Testimonies from a few of our past interns:
“Working at DEW Haven for the summer opened my eyes to the possibility of what I could do in my future. It solidified my love for animals and gave me once in a life time experiences.” —E.A.
“No matter what struggles I am going through, the second that I step foot here, I feel at peace. Being able to give these wonderful animals love, and care for them, gives me the most overwhelming emotions. I am so grateful to Julie, Bob, and their family for giving me the opportunity to have those feelings.” —S.C.
“I was part of implementing new enrichment and husbandry practices to continue providing mental/physical stimulation and to optimize the well being of each animal.”—J.P.
“The impact that these people and these animals had on me is indescribable. Before this internship, I had no real experience, especially with animals like wallabies or alpacas, so having them stop to take the time to educate me on the animals and the care of these animals was incredible.”—K.R.
“Since interning at DEW Haven I have received my Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and I am now in my first year of Vet School. I have made animal health and husbandry the focus of my education and it is experiences such as those at DEW Haven that reinforce my decision to further this education.”—L.R.
“While at DEW Haven, I was able to learn valuable skills and information about how to care for wildlife in captivity as well as how to rehabilitate Maine wildlife. In total, I earned 7 college credits during my time interning at DEW.”—D.D.
—2017 interns working on an enrichment project for our resident black bears A special thank you to our past interns, and to the Sidney Firehouse for donating the fire hose.
There is no need to sign up. Once you have purchased your ticket into DEW, you are able to join a tour if one is provided during your visit. Please remember our animals needs ALWAYS come first. * If our tour guide is needed for anything animal related, the tour can be canceled. We greatly appreciate your understanding. Tours are occasionally added in on weekdays, but are hit or miss.
Education is a huge part of what makes DEW Haven unique. One of our favorite ways to reach our community is through scheduled group tours for local elementary, middle school, high school, and college classes. DEW Haven offers discounts for rec programs, summer camps, daycares, and other official groups.
*To qualify for our group discount you MUST schedule your visit through email. We require at least 48 hours notice (large group slots fill FAST, email today to book your spring, summer, or fall slot).
DEW Haven is a family-run business in Mount Vernon, Maine. We spend the majority of our time outside, taking care of our wonderful animals. The best way to reach us is via email. We appreciate your patience in understanding our animals always come first!
Address 918 Pond Road, Mount Vernon, Maine
Phone +1 (207) - 293- 2837
©DEW Haven—Maine zoo and rescue
918 pond roaD | Mount VernoN | Maine