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Animals

Here at the Children’s Nature Retreat we strongly believe in the ethical treatment of animals and we are extremely passionate about the well-being of our furry friends!

Currently, we have more than:

  • 120 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world

  • 17 different species

  • 45 distinct breeds

Many of our animals have been acquired from owners who could no longer keep or care for them, while some have been rescued from harsh living conditions. These animals will now live out the rest of their lives in the serenity of the Retreat.

We are also very passionate about bringing children and animals together, to allow for unfiltered happiness and joy for animals and children. To create a fun and teachable experience for the children there are six separate areas where our animals reside, each reflecting a different world in the animal kingdom.

Big Farm

Big Farm is where you will find our beloved Friesians horses, mules, cows, alpine goats and alpacas. Our stunning beautiful black Friesians have a long history with people. Hundreds of years ago soldiers used these great animals as war horses. They were big, strong and trained to charge into soldiers without fear!

We also have mules. The mule is the smartest in the equine family and is a cross between a horse and a donkey.

One of our most friendly and engaging animal is Neo, our young Alpaca born to Cinnamon (mommy). He was born at the Retreat and is so sweet.

Mini Farm

This is one of our favorite pastures for people to visit. We love all of our miniature animals. They are absolutely adorable! The five miniature horses are the leaders of this group. However, it is a dynamic place.

Let your guard down for one minute and there is a new sheriff in town. Our two female donkeys are best of friends and are always found together. Also true of the Scottish Galloway mini cows!

Our Belted Galloway mini cows also like to hang out like two peas in a pod. You won’t want to miss our precious miniature goats  just too cute for words.

Africa

On your visit to our African Grasslands you’ll experience rolling hills that reach across the landscape and give you an incredibly peaceful feeling. As you gaze into the pasture you might see our Zebra or Watusi cattle grazing on the natural grasses and shrubs.

Oak trees dot the hills and create a natural canopy of shade attracting the animals in the afternoon sun.

Camel Oasis

While at the Camel Oasis you will feel the dry air gently blowing over sandy hills. Palm trees sway at the edge of the oasis where the camels calmly rest. If you are lucky, you might catch one wading through the water or drinking to rejuvenate their bodies.

Our Dromedary camels, also known as Arabian camels, originated in the dry deserts of Northern Africa and can drink up to 30 gallons of water at a time.

Barnyard Alley

Down on the farm… You’ll enjoy a great time with our potbelly pigs, our assortment of chickens, ducks (check out Donald!) and quails!
And don’t forget to take a stroll through the bunny yard!

Tortoises

Come to Tortoise Landing and meet ‘Big Daddy’, our Sulcata tortoise.

We love him! He likes to stroll in the sunshine and he is so strong that he can push his way through almost anything, he enjoys playing with his friends. He’s a young 38 year old and weighs about 150lbs. The Sulcata tortoise is the third largest tortoise in the world. The largest is the Galapagos.

This enormous reptile has a lifespan between 50 – 150 years!

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