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 or the prairie dogs dig holes, 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!
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
Scientific Name: Arctictis binturong penicillatus
Found In: South and Southeast Asia occurring from eastern Nepal, Bangladesh, northeast India and southern China through mainland and islands in Southeast Asia.
Size: Weighs 30 to 50 pounds.
Diet: Frugivorous: predominately eats fruits
Threat Level: Vulnerable – Habitat loss and degradation, and fragmentation are threats.
Facts: Binturongs are primarily arboreal, but they do descend to the ground.
ZooFarm Binturongs: female Bee
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Scientific Name: Cynomys ludovicianus
Found In: Canada, Mexico, and United States
Size: Male prairie dogs can weigh from 1 – 3 pounds and females 1.7 – 2.3 pounds.
Diet: Feeds on grasses, herbs and the occasional invertebrate.
Threat Level: Least Concern – Threats include exotic disease, particularly sylvatic plague, and loss of habitat to agriculture and urbanization, habitat fragmentation, control activities by government, private organizations, and individuals via poisoning and shooting.
Facts: Breeding system is harem-polygamous, with most females copulating with one male and males with several females.
Virginia Zoo Prairie Dogs: male Butterbeer, females Buttercream and Buttercup
Scientific Name: Hystrix africaeaustralis
Found In: Kenya and southern Uganda in the north, through Tanzania, Rwanda, southeastern Democratic Republic of the Cong, and Mozambique, and then south throughout the southern African sub-region
Size: Grow up to 25 to 32 inches long and weigh from 25 – 32 pounds.
Diet: When near farms, they feed on root crops, potatoes, groundnuts and maize.
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: It is a nocturnal, territorial and mostly solitary forager, although it can occasionally be found foraging in groups of two to three animals.
ZooFarm Porcupines: male Flapjack and female Wilma
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.
Scientific Name: Anthropoides virgo
Found In: Parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia
Size: The Demoiselle Crane is 33.5 – 39.5 inches long, 30 inches tall, has a wingspan of 61 – 71 inches long and weighs 4.4 – 6.6 pounds.
Diet: The diet consists mainly of plant material (such as grass seeds), although lizards and small invertebrates such as large insects (especially beetles) and worms are also taken during the summer.
Threat Level: Least Concern – Though listed as Least Concerned, these animals still suffer from habitat loss and degradation from agriculture, increase in human population, pesticides, and being hunted for sport.
Facts: This species is fully migratory. It migrates on a narrow front via specific routes, and may travel vast distances without alighting to rest or feed.
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.
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 from late May through October
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.
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)
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: Pink, Blue, Orange and Green
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
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