Here at the zoo, we have a small collection of animals who are very pleased to meet you down at the farm. Why not come and say hello?
Domesticated by humans from wild goats in South-west Asia and Eastern Europe, there are around 210 named breeds of domestic goat, of which ours are classified as Pygmy goats.
Bertie. Henri, Thierry and Bambi
These four boys are bundles of mischievous trouble! They enjoy climbing, browsing and engaging with the visiting public. Their favourite food is fresh willow shoots and specially prepared grain mix.
Pigs were domesticated many thousands of years BC in Asia and brought across to Europe in the 18th Century. There are hundreds of different breeds of domestic pig and our two sweet girls are classified as Pot-bellied pigs.
Daphne and Velma
Being the more dominant of the pair, Velma likes to take the lead ...except when it comes to having sun-cream applied to her delicate pink tummy! Daphne is quieter, though can be inquisitive - she has a habit of sneaking into the keepers’ rubbish bags when they’re not looking! Both our girls love to sleep, snuggled into their deep hay bedding.
The ferret is thought to have been domesticated by humans from native European Polecats over 2500 years ago.
Our inquisitive little female, Mouse, is incredibly playful and is adored by us all. She loves to rummage in bags of hay or under pieces of turf and is especially fond of music ...by James Blunt!
The guinea pig no longer exists in the wild. Our individuals here at the zoo came to us from an animal rescue centre.
Fred and Draco
Fred is brave and likes to groom his carers by licking them! Draco is more reserved but both are very noisy communicators.
Our domestic rabbits are Giant European.
Cash and Loretta
Cash and Loretta were originally unwanted pets, who came to the zoo from an animal rescue centre. These two are a charming couple, who enjoy human interaction: Cash loves to inspect what’s going on but Loretta is more laid-back. Their fur is eleven-out-of-ten soft!