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Domesticated Animals Beautiful animals from our very own country

Whether you admire the majesty of horses or you love the antics of ducks and geese, our domesticated animals are marvellous and they’re waiting to meet you. They might not be as exotic as lions or leopards, but the cuteness of a pygmy goat is hard to beat!

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Alpaca

Vicugna pacos

  • DietVegetarian. They eat mostly grass, but their diets can also include leaves wood, bark or stems. Like other ruminants, alpacas have a three-chambered stomach that digests the roughage efficiently. Unlike other grazers, alpacas don't eat much.

  • GroupHerd

  • Population3,000,000

  • Did you know?Alpacas originate from South America and are bred from the wild Vicuna which is now a rare and protected species. The llama is bred from the wild Guanaco, which is still relatively common through out South America. They are both in the camelid family, which also Includes the Asian camel. Alpacas are readily distinguished from llamas by their smaller size; they stand approximately 90 cm (35 inches) high at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 65 kg (121 to 143 pounds). The alpaca also differs from the llama in having a rounded, rather than squarish, body and in its habit of pressing its tail close to the body, rather than holding it erect as does the llama. The alpaca’s shaggy coat varies in colour from the usual black or brown through lighter shades of gray and tan to pale yellow and, occasionally, white.

Highland Cow

Bos taurus

  • DietHerbivore. It is possible to have entirely grass fed Highlands, they will survive on roughage and poor grazing including brush if necessary. Breeders however will often supplement with good hay, straw, green feed or silage in the winter.

  • GroupFold

  • Did you know?They are the oldest cattle breed in the world & originate from the Scottish Highlands. These cattle are a hardy breed, designed to withstand the conditions in the Scottish Highlands. Their long hair is actually an unusual double coat of hair- on the outside is the oily outer hair, the longest of any cattle breed, and it is covering a downy undercoat underneath. The bulls can way up to a whopping 800kg, and the cows up to 500kg, and their milk generally has a very high butterfat content.

Llama

Lama glama

  • DietHerbivores. They eat grass and browse for mountain vegetation, native grasses, and low shrubs. They can obtain water from this food, but they also require fresh water.

  • GroupHerd

  • PopulationOver 7,000,000

  • Did you know?Fossil footprints in California show that llamas, which are relatives of camels, came originally from North America. It is thought that the animals that went north and crossed over the Bering land bridge later evolved into camels, while those that migrated south evolved into the "llama" family. Llamas do spit, usually to settle an argument about food or to decide which llama is dominant. A female will spit at a male to make him go away. They do not usually spit at humans unless provoked.

Pygmy Goat

Capra aegagrus hircus

  • DietHerbivore. Vegetables and fruit can be added to their diet only in moderation. Twigs, leaves, bark and some ‘weeds’ are the natural food of the goat and will be welcomed as a great treat.

  • GroupHerd

  • PopulationIn excess of 1,150

  • Did you know?Pygmy goats are a popular breed of domestic goat, originally from Africa. A full-grown pygmy goat loves to climb rocks and logs.

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