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ZooFarm

The Farm has the biggest variety of animals at the Zoo. Farm animals, as well as exotic creatures from all over the world can be found here. The ZooFarm isn’t just for kids, it’s for people of all ages who love to interact with all types of cute animals! Moo with the cows, feel the fuzzy fur of a sheep or the thick hair of a pig, watch the cavies jump, check out what’s inside the rodent barn, and during the summer, brush your favorite goats in the goat yard! Be sure to be cautious, these animals love nibbling on just about anything, including fingers!

African crested porcupine

Scientific Name: Hystrix cristata

Found In: Hilly, rocky habitats in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Italy.

Size: Grow up to 25 to 29 inches long and weigh from 10 to 25 pounds.

Diet: Root vegetables

Threat Level: There are no major threats to this species. Porcupines have benefited from agricultural development and their destructive feeding habitats have led to them being considered as a problem in some farming areas.

Facts: Crested porcupines are the largest rodent in Africa.

ZooFarm Porcupines: male Flapjack, females Wilma and porcupette Stompers

Alpaca

Scientific Name: Lama pacos

Found In: Central and southern Andes from Peru to Argentina

Size: Alpacas can weigh from 121 to 143 lbs and grow 47 to 89 inches length.

Diet: Its diet consist of grasses, cushy plants, and woody shrubs

Threat Level: No Special Status

Facts: Life span in the wild is 5 – 10 years.

ZooFarm Alpacas: male Troika, females Hermione and Calico

Common peafowl

Scientific Name: Pavo cristatus

Found In: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

Size: Peafowl can grow up to 71 – 91 inches in length and weigh from 6 –13 lbs.

Diet: Herbivore: Leaves, tender stems, fruits, blossoms and roots.

Threat Level: Least Concern – The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. The species is considered sacred throughout much of its range and therefore is not persecuted.

Facts: It is also commonly known as the peacock, although peacocks are all male and peahens are female.

Dexter cattle

Scientific Name: Bos taurus taurus dexter

Found In: Ireland

Size: The Dexter is a small breed with mature cows weighing between 600 and 700 pounds and mature bulls weighing about 1,000 pounds.

Diet: Herbivore: Browses for grass or hay.

Facts: Dexters can reasonably be expected to produce 1.5 to 2.5 gallons of milk per day.

ZooFarm Cows: sisters Ruthie and Judy Buttons

Kenya Crested Guinea Fowl

Scientific Name: Guttera pucherani

Found In: Kenya, Somalia, and United Republic of Tanzania

Size: Total length of approximately 20 inches and weighs 1.5 – 3.4 pounds.

Diet: Omnivore: Insects, seeds, and roots

Threat Level: Least Concern

Facts: Kenya crested guinea fowl are monogamous with strong and long lasting pair bonds.

Kunekune Pig

Scientific Name: Sus scrofa scrofa kunekune

Found In: New Zealand

Size: The kunekune stands about 24 inches tall and weighs between 132 – 441 pounds.

Diet: Kunekune are very easy to manage as they have the ability to fatten on more than grass.

Facts: They are easy to train and highly intelligent.

ZooFarm Pigs: male Ricky, females Lucy and Ethel

Nigerian Dwarf Goats

Scientific Name: Capra hircus domestic Nigerian dwarf

Found In: Originally from West Africa, but after many years of breeding can now be found all over the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, and in the North and South Americas.

Size: Goats can be 16 – 24 inches long and weigh 60 – 80 pounds.

Diet: Herbivore: Must be fed goat feed or dairy ration, hay

Threat Level: Domesticated

Facts: A goat has rectangular pupils so it can see danger coming from behind.

ZooFarm Goats: on exhibit through Sept. 29, 2019, check the Goat Yard sign for names

Patagonian Cavy / Mara

Scientific Name:  Dolichotis patagonum

Found In: Argentina

Size: Cavies have a head-body length of 27 – 30 inches and body weight of 20 pounds.

Diet: Herbivore: grasses and herbs

Threat Level: Near Threatened – Habitat destruction for agriculture, and hunting for their skins have resulted in localized extinctions such as Buenos Aires Province.

Facts: Although they are mistaken for a species of rabbit, cavies are actually the fourth largest species of rodent.

Northern tree shrew

Scientific Name: Tupaia belangeri

Found In: Southeast Asia in eastern Nepal and Bangladesh, southeastern China, Indochina and the Malay Peninsula

Size: 5.5 to 9 inches long and their tail is about the same length as their body.

Diet: Their diet is mainly insects and fruits.

Threat Level: Least Concern

Facts: Tree shrews have a symbiotic relationship with pitcher plants. They eat the bugs and lick the nectar from the plant then defecate inside the tube, returning nutrients to the pitcher plant.

ZooFarm tree shrews: male Pete, females Patty and young female

Ringtail

Scientific Name: Bassariscus astutus

Found In: dry, rocky habitats in Mexico and the southwest United States

Size: 24 to 32 inches with a 12 to 17-inch tail

Diet: Mainly carnivores eating small mammals, insects and birds. They also eat fruit and berries.

Threat Level: Least Concern

Facts: These primarily nocturnal mammals are cat-sized, with a fox-like face and elongated body. They are not related to cats or foxes, but are related to raccoons.

ZooFarm Ringtail: female Crockett

Screaming Hairy Armadillo

Scientific Name: Chaetophractus vellerosus

Found In: Argentina, Plurinational States of Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay

Size: The male armadillo has a length of 12.9 to 15.7 inches and a weight of 19.2 to 46.9 ounces. The female armadillo measures between 10.4 and 16.5 inches and a weight of 9.1 to 39.7 ounces.

Diet: Their diet is mainly composed of beetles, butterfly larvae, plant matter and small vertebrates.

Threat Level: Least Concern – This animal is heavily hunted for its meat and carapace (including for charangos, a musical instrument, and matracas).

Facts: During the cold season, Screaming Hairy Armadillos are mainly active at noon and the early afternoon, while in warm seasons their activity period shifts to the afternoon and night.

ZooFarm Armadillos: male Chaco and female Savanna

Southdown Babydoll Sheep

Scientific Name: Ovis aries

Found In: Sussex, England

Size: Mature weights for rams range from 190 to 230 pounds.

Diet: Herbivore: hay

Facts: Due to their wide muzzles, they look as if they are smiling.

ZooFarm Sheep: brothers Simon (white) and Alvin (black)

Southern Screamer

Scientific Name: Chauna torquata

Found In: Southeastern Peru, northern Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil, Uruguay and northern Argentina.

Size: Wingspan is around 67 inches.

Diet: Omnivore: plant stems, seeds, leaves, and, rarely, small animals.

Threat Level: Least Concern

Facts: The harsh loud vocalization of these birds can be heard from miles away.

Virginia Zoo Screamers: male Blue and female Pink

Zebu Cattle

Scientific Name: Bos taurus indicus

Found In: South Asia

Size: Zebu have a height of 29 – 42 inches and a weight of 200 – 600 pounds.

Diet: Herbivore: grasses and hay

Threat Level: Least Concern

Facts: Zebus are highly resistant to viruses and different types of parasites.

ZooFarm Zebu: female Clover, male Cool Hand Luke

Tame your wild side by adopting your favorite Zoo animal with our symbolic Zoodoption program! You can become a “Zoo Parent”  that contributes directly toward one of the Zoos’ animal’s care and feeding for one year.

Contributions from animal adoptions go directly to the Virginia Zoo Keeper Fund. With your gift, we buy treats, toys and supplies for the Zoo’s 500+ animals, as well as provide specialized training for their zookeepers. Our adoption packages also make perfect gifts for people of all ages!

Every animal at the Virginia Zoo is available for adoption at several donation levels, starting at just $25.

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