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Kids' Farm Exhibit

Hours

9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • three alpacas grazing
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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.

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.

Six female Salmon Faverolle-Leghorn chickens live at the Kids’ Farm; their names are Khaleesi, Cersei, Arya, Sansa, Brienne and Ygritte.

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 three male alpacas are named Orion, Ziggy and Cirrus. All alpacas grow a thick wool coat that helps keep them warm in their native mountain habitat. Orion’s coat is beige, Ziggy’s coat is dark brown, and Cirrus’ coat is white.

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

Kids’ Farm is home to two species of cows: one Holstein cow named Tulip and one Hereford cow named Rose.

Rose is red and white with a long curly coat in the winter and a short sleek coat in the summer.

Tulip is black and white, with a black spade-shaped spot on her left side and black freckles on her nose. She is a dairy breed, whereas Rose is a beef breed. Stockier and shorter than Tulip,

 

Two female Nigerian dwarf goats named Fiesta and Fedora live at the Kids’ Farm. Dwarf goats’ coats come in many shades of black, brown, and tan. Fiesta’s coat is white with black spots, and Fedora’s coat is black and brown.

Mortimer and Marla are the Zoo’s San Clemente Island goats brother and sister duo. These are a small breed; males average 24 inches tall and females average 22 inches tall. Their coats are both tan with dark markings, but Mortimer has a distinctive white spot atop his head.