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So far Ann O'Connor has created 11 blog entries.

Alpaca

By |April 10th, 2018|

Origin- There are two types of Alpaca- Huacaya and Suri defined by coat type. Alpaca’s do not have hooved feet, they have two toes covered by a nail. They have been domesticated for over 6000 years. They are mainly used for their fine fiber coats, but are also kept as pets for showing and protecting other […]

Pygmy Goat

By |April 10th, 2018|

Origin- Pygmy goats originated in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa. They were imported into the United States from European zoos in the 1950s for use in zoos as well as research animals.

Family- Bovidae

Diet- Goats are herbivores. Their main diet consists of grass and they are supplemented hay and meal in winter.

Description-Females, called does, weigh 24 to 34 kg (53 to 75 lb) and […]

Snowball the Pony

By |April 10th, 2018|

Snowball was born in 1993. He is a Cremello pony. Snowball loves to give children visiting the farm a pony ride. His favorite treats are apples and carrots. As snowball is getting older we have to take extra care of him so that he will have a long and happy life at the park.

Origin- Horses […]

Sulcata Tortoise

By |April 10th, 2018|

Origin- The sulcata tortoise is a species of tortoise which inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara desert, in northern Africa. It is the third largest species of tortoise in the world and the largest species of mainland tortoise (not found on an island). They will spend the hottest part of the day in burrows […]

Llama

By |April 10th, 2018|

Origin- Llamas were domesticated from guanacos in the Andean highlands of Peru 4000-5000 years ago, and are among the oldest domestic animals in the world. Llamas are known to in habitat elevations up to 4000 meters above sea level.

Family- Camelid, other members of this family include alpacas, guanacos and vicunas

Lifespan- 15- 20 years

Diet- Llamas are […]

Donkey

By |April 10th, 2018|

Origin- The Donkey is a domesticate member of the horse family. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild Ass. Donkeys around the world are used for riding, as pack animals or for pulling carts for the last 5000 years.

Family- Equide

Lifespan- 35-45 years

Diet- Herbivore. They feed mostly on grass and are supplemented with […]

Bearded Dragon

By |April 10th, 2018|

Origin- They originated in the arid, rocky, semi desert regions and dry open woodlands of Australia.

Family- Agamidae.

Lifespan- 7-10 years.

Diet- Omnivores. In the wild they eat small lizards, insects, mammals, flowers and fruit. In captivity they are fed crickets, mealworms, fruit and vegetables.

Description- Dragons are mainly grey in colour with some variations towards orange, fawn, brown […]

Gerbils

By |April 10th, 2018|

Origin- The type of gerbil normally kept as a pet is the Mongolian gerbil and first encountered in Eastern Mongolia in 1867. The first breeding pairs arrived in Britain in 1964.

Family- Rodentia.

Lifespan- 3- 5 years.

Diet- Gerbils are omnivores, eating nuts, seeds, vegetables, grasses grains and small insects.

Description- There are twenty coat colours in the Mongolian […]

Ferrets

By |April 10th, 2018|

Ferrets.

Origin- Ferret origins are uncertain but it is most likely domesticated from the European polecats about 2,500 years ago. New Zealand has the worlds largest population of ferrets.

Family- Mustelidae.

Lifespan- 6-8 years.

Diet- Carnivores. They eat meat, fish and proteins. They are fed a special ferret pellet in captivity

Description- There are four basic colours, the sable, albino, […]

Guinea Pig

By |March 2nd, 2017|