Due to the untimely passing of owner, Hans Boxler Sr., Hidden Valley Animal Adventure will be closed to the public on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25 through July 27. We appreciate your understanding and deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office released this statement:
On July 18, 2016, at approximately 0026 hours, The Wyoming County 911 Center received a call from a family member of a male with injuries from apparently being trampled by an animal. Officers responded to the scene along with the North Java Ambulance and the Varysburg Fire Department. Ambulance personnel determined the subject had succumbed to injuries and the Wyoming County Coroner was called to the scene. Officers identified the deceased as Hans J. Boxler Sr. Officers determined that Mr. Boxler was feeding animals in a fenced in laneway when he was trampled by a Nilgai Antelope that somehow had gotten out of its pen. Family members located the Antelope near its pen with an open door and secured it when they came looking for Mr. Boxler when he did not return at his usual time. At no time was the animal loose from its confinement, just out of its pen which is also secured by a secondary retention fence around the area. Mr. Boxler had been around animals all of his life and actively took care of and fed animals daily. The Monroe County Medical Examiner has determined the death to be accidental and the cause of the death to be multiple blunt force injuries.
From the Boxler family:
Hans Boxler Sr, 81, a lifelong farmer and founder of Hidden Valley Animal Adventure died unexpectedly on July 17. Hans’s lifelong passion was to farm and work with animals. He wanted to share his passion for God’s animals with others which encouraged him to create his own Noah’s Arc at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. Since its incarnation thousands have enjoyed various animals from around the world. He enjoyed visiting with guests, many of whom traveled from great distances. His greatest reward was listening to and seeing their enjoyment with his animals and the beautiful setting he created at Hidden Valley. He was very proud of all his staff who took the time to ensure his animals and our guests were all treated as VIP’s every day. Hans was a very successful dairy farmer and was well respected throughout the community.
Calling hours will be held at The Lodge at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure on Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26 from 2 to 9 pm. His Celebration of Life will continue on Wednesday, with a procession from The Lodge with his beloved Belgian horses carrying him for one final ride to his funeral Mass at St. Joachim and Anne church in Varysburg. Internment will take place in St. Joseph’s cemetery behind the church. Hidden Valley Animal Adventure will be closed to the public from Monday through Wednesday to honor his passing with family and friends. We apologize for the untimely inconvenience this may cause many visitors. We appreciate your support at this very difficult time.