Each summer the Menominee Park Zoo obtains a variety of animals from other locations. Cristo Rey Ranch loans farm animals to the zoo. The exotic species are rented using OZS funds. The OZS and the city are committed to reducing animal rentals in the future. This commitment is evident in our Master Plan and in our recent actions. New exhibits are designed for year-round animal display and the animals are owned by the city. The Eagle Exhibit is our next venture and you can help us by donating to the Eagle fund.
Alpine Goats are also referred to as Alpine Dairy Goats as they are excellent milk producers. Alpine goats are a hardy species that originates from the Alps in Europe. Goats are very adaptable animals and are capable of thriving in any climate as long as a food source is available.
Sicilian Donkeys are miniature donkeys that originate from the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Despite their small stature, these donkeys are hard workers and are still used today for agricultural work. They also require smaller amounts of food compared to their larger relatives, full size donkeys and horses, making them an ideal farm animal.
Suffolk Sheep originate from England and are easily distinguishable by their black faces and legs. This distinction occurs because Suffolk Sheep lack wool on their faces and legs, thereby exposing their natural hair color. Suffolk sheep produce medium-grade fleece from their wool.
Llamas are domesticated camelids that originate from the Andes Mountains in South America. Llamas were domesticated as a pack animal, to use for carrying goods through the mountainous terrain. Two main differences between Llamas and Alpacas are their size and their uses. Llamas are 8-10 inches taller and up to 200 pounds larger than their Alpaca cousins. Also, Alpacas were domesticated for their wool and not for carrying heavy loads.
Did You Know?
Females tend to give birth every other year. They usually have one infant and their gestation period is 6 months.