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Kids' FarmExhibit

Hours
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Kids' Farm

At the Kids’ Farm, children of all ages have an opportunity to meet and greet cows, alpacas, hogs, donkeys, goats, chickens and fish. During daily demonstrations, keepers chat about the animals’ personalities and the skills, dedication and knowledge it takes to care for them.

One of the many ways keepers care for animals is by providing them with enrichment—social encounters, training sessions, objects, toys, sounds and smells that encourage the Farm’s animals to use their natural behaviors in new and exciting ways. Every time a visitor grooms a miniature donkey or pats a cow’s head, they are serving as living enrichment for the animals.

PLEASE NOTE: Any time you touch an animal there is a risk of spreading germs. Visitors are encouraged to wash their hands any time they have touched an animal. 

Kids' Farm will remain open during lower Zoo construction, but please be advised that pathways may change and the route through Kids' Farm may require a longer walk than in the past.

The Great Cats exhibit is located near the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel. Visitors can observe Sumatran tigers, African lions, caracals and bobcats at this location.

The black-tailed prairie dog exhibit is located across from the Great Cats exhibit.

The North American porcupine exhibit is located adjacent to the black-tailed prairie dog exhibit.

The Mane Grill is located between Kids’ Farm and the restrooms. Check out the “Dining at the Zoo” section to view meal options.

At 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, keepers introduce visitors to one of the animals at the Kids’ Farm. Experiences are tailored especially for children eight years of age and under. To view a full list of demonstrations, check out the Daily Events calendar.

The Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project aims to preserve and study the frozen germplasm (embryos, semen and other biomaterials) of rare and endangered heritage breeds of cattle, pigs, goats and sheep. Heritage breeds often carry genes with good traits: they are resistant to certain diseases and parasites; they are tolerant of heat; the mothers are able to care for their calves; and they are able to efficiently use their grazing areas.

Although SCBI has preserved the genetic materials of corals, giant pandas, and other wild animals, this is the first domestic livestock samples represented in the biorepository. Protecting the genetics and traits of breeds will help ensure genetic diversity, which could protect the global food chain. The project was launched in July 2014 by SVF Foundation founder Mrs. Dorrance H. Hamilton and former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Wayne Clough.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has four hens named Arya, Ygritte, Zelda and Midna.

The Zoo’s miniature Mediterranean donkeys are all males: George, Pat, Flash and Giuseppe. George has a white coat with gray spots and a floppy mane. Pat’s coat is brown, and his muzzle is black. Flash’s coat is all gray with a prominent dark marking along his back and shoulders. Giuseppe has a brown coat and a white muzzle.

Two female Ossabaw Island hogs, named Savannah and Carolina, live at the Kids’ Farm. These hogs have black hair and long snouts.

The Zoo’s two male alpacas are named Orion and Cirrus. All alpacas grow a thick wool coat that helps keep them warm in their native mountain habitat. Orion’s coat is beige and Cirrus’ coat is white.

Once a year, typically in April, Kids’ Farm keepers will sheer the alpacas as a special animal demonstration.

Cow

Kids’ Farm is home to one polled Hereford heifer named Rose and one Holstein calf named Magnolia. Magnolia is black and white with black speckles on her nose. Rose is red and white with curly hair on her head. Her coat is short and sleek in the summer and longer in the winter.

Kids’ Farm exhibits two Nigerian dwarf goats, sisters Fiesta and Fedora, and one San Clemente Island goat, female Marla.

Fiesta and Fedora were born on April 10, 2015. Fiesta is white with black spots, and Fedora is brown and black. Marla was born on May 30, 2008.