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August 02, 2014
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Country Ark Farm

Donna Ciancitto, director of Country Ark Farm in Milford, PA, is hand-rearing this coati mundi, a member of the raccoon family, from birth in order to socialize it to humans participating in the farm’s programs.


Summer Day Camp is held for campers between four to 21 years of age. The program receives funding from the Milford-based Ingeborg A. Biondo Memorial Foundation, which also paid for the state-of-the art specialized bathroom facility at CAF.

“The Biondo Foundation has helped our program immensely,” said Ciancitto. “They are just awesome.” (Contact Maria Crawford at 570/686-2402 for information on the summer camp program or visit www.biondofoundation.org.)

Ciancitto and her husband, Michael, along with their three children and a group of dedicated volunteers, keep CAF going with the financial support of local foundations and businesses, individual donors and the Pike County United Way. There is currently no paid staff, but Ciancitto is seeking a grant to establish a paid position to manage volunteers and conduct off-premise visits. Ultimately, she hopes to see more CAF programs established in other states.

“I really enjoy the animals and their babies,” said Ciancitto, “but I do this for the kids. To see their reaction to the animals, to see them smile, to see them grow and progress from year to year—that’s the driving force.”

A Family Frolic Day is being planned (see www.countryarkfarm.org). Call 570/686-3480.