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The Little Eugenie Zoo is located in Old Town at Eugenie and Wells St.

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The Little Eugenie Zoo is located in Old Town at Eugenie and Wells St.

@LittleEugenieStreet / Instagram

Meet the keepers of your local ‘micro-zoo’

The Bensons turned their Old Town front porch into a ‘mini-zoo’ in 2022. It’s been a neighborhood staple ever since.

The Little Eugenie Zoo is located in Old Town at Eugenie and Wells St.

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Two turtles and a flock of ducks are right at home on the front porch of Stephen and Kim Benson's Old Town home — a place they call the Little Eugenie Zoo.

The couple’s daughter had asked for chickens, but the family went in a different direction when starting the “micro zoo.”

“I became excited by the idea of not having chickens and maybe having ducks, that was the start of the whole thing,” Stephen said.

The Bensons also have three dogs, a hamster, diamond doves, four parakeets, a Russian tortoise, a blue-tongued skink, four dumpy tree frogs, a leopard gecko and a chameleon gecko.

“Did I forget anybody?” Kim joked during a recent interview on Reset about their growing menagerie.

The zoo is a small peaceful oasis in a bustling city neighborhood.

In addition to the animals, the 16-square-foot space features a rock garden and a waterfall. Friends and neighbors helped construct a gate and fence for the zoo with reclaimed wood.

The project is a family endeavor for the parents and their kids, one that’s touched the hearts of neighbors and passersby alike.

When Saturn the duck was injured, someone left a bouquet of flowers on the Bensons’ porch with a note: “Dear Saturn, you bring us so much joy. We hope you get better soon.”

“It’s just an example of what [the zoo] has meant to people,” Stephen said.

You can check out the Little Eugenie Zoo at Eugenie St. and N Wells St. The Bensons say the best time to visit is after 10 a.m. when the ducks are at their most active.

GUESTS: Stephen and Kim Benson, owners of Little Eugenie Zoo

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