Fairytale Town has a variety of animals to provide interactive learning opportunities for visiting children. Our animals are as unique as our park; each is selected for unusual characteristics such as size, coat texture or country of origin. Some of our animals are listed in the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
Fairytale Town’s family of farm animals are out in their corrals when the park opens. In the afternoon, animal feedings usually begin between 3:30PM and 4PM and they are put away for the night. They are also often brought out on the lawn by our animal keeper during the day so children can see them up close during animal introductions.
Two beautiful Southdown sheep live in the schoolhouse where Mary brought her lamb one day. At this set, children learn that sheep provide us with lanolin and wool by examining their fluffy white wool. The oily coating you feel when you pet sheep is lanolin, a moisturizing oil often used in hand lotions and soaps. Our sheep are sheared once a year at the annual Farms, Friends & Fairytales event, and their thick wool is cleaned and spun into yarn on an old fashioned spinning wheel right before your eyes!
The brick house that withstood the wolf’s huffing and puffing is now home to three Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs. Pigs are one of the most intelligent animals, as the fairytale about them suggests. You can watch the pigs enjoy a cool bath in their own little pool during the summer months and get a close up look at these interesting creatures.
Three Nigerian Dwarf goats, a rare breed, bring this tale of bravery and family solidarity to life. They live near Cinderella’s Coach, and have a completely safe bridge to climb on all day long. You can also measure your own height against a giant ruler that shows how high some goats can jump. If you look carefully around their pen, you might even catch a glimpse of the troll!
Having successfully evaded Mr. McGregor, Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail live in splendor at Fairytale Town. Beatrix Potter’s beloved tale of a misbehaving boy rabbit and his good little sisters has a permanent home next to the Children’s Theater. These furry friends are sometimes seen accompanying storytellers on the lawns of the park.
Visit Daisy, a miniature Hereford heifer, and Eeyore, a miniature Sicilian donkey who is Daisy’s constant companion. Complete with a two-story spiral slide and a farm display, the Barn area is also home to Charlotte, a goliath bird-eating tarantula, the three blind mice and during Spring, a family of freshly hatched chicks.
Eeyore is the melancholy character from A.A. Milne’s classic tales about Winnie the Pooh. Our Eeyore is a miniature Sicilian donkey who often surprises guests with his loud braying. He lives next to Daisy the cow in Farmer Brown’s Barn Corral.
Daisy, a miniature hereford heifer resides in Farmer Brown’s Barn next door to Eeyore the donkey. Herefords come to us from Herefordshire, England where they have been bred for hundreds of years. Daisy is a product of the original Hereford cattle from the 1950′s that were not bred up, but downsized to create a smaller or miniature breed. Daisy’s size makes her easy to approach by some of Fairytale Town’s smallest guests, on occasion, Daisy comes out of her pen for up-close animal introductions.
This building is home to a family of chickens hatched in Farmer Brown’s Barn. Incubating eggs are hatched throughout the year at Fairytale Town. The eggs are from our own family of Fairytale Town chickens, which are a variety of breeds. If you listen carefully, sometimes you can hear the Fairytale Town Rooster, crowing a big hello to children playing in the park. The chickens you see with him are a variety of breeds. There are over 200 breeds of chickens divided into 3 groups: meat, eggs and ornamental. Right now we have a White Leghorn, Mottled Java, a Silkie and others. See how many you can identify at Fairytale Town on your next visit!