Here at the Children’s Nature Retreat we strongly believe in the ethical treatment of animals and we are extremely passionate about the well-being of our furry friends! Currently, we have over 95 domesticated livestock from around the world with 17 different species and 38 different breeds. Many of our animals have been acquired from owners who can no longer keep or care for them, while some have been rescued from harsh living conditions. These animals will now live out the rest of their lives in the serenity of the retreat.
We are also very passionate about bringing children and animals together, creating pure unfiltered happiness and joy for both animal and child. To create a fun and teachable experience for the children there are six separate areas where our animals reside, each reflecting a different world in the animal kingdom.
Welcome to Camel Oasis
While at the Camel Oasis you will feel the dry air gently blowing over sandy hills. Palm trees sway back and forth at the edge of the oasis where the camels calmly rest. If you are lucky, you might catch one wading through the water or drinking to rejuvenate their bodies. Our Dromedary Camels, also known as Arabian Camels, originated in the dry desserts of Northern Africa and can drink up to 30 gallons of water at a time.
Welcome to African Grasslands
On your visit to our African Grasslands you’ll experience rolling hills that reach across the landscape and give you an incredibly peaceful feeling. As you gaze into the pasture you might see our Zebra or Watusi cattle grazing on the natural grasses and shrubs. Oak trees dot the hills and create a natural canopy of shade which can attract other species like our Nubian Dwarf Goats, Nigerian Goats and Zebu cattle.
Welcome to Big Farm
Big Farm is where you will find our beloved Friesians Horses, Mules, Cows, Alpine Goats and Alpacas. Our stunning beautiful black Friesians have a long history with people. Hundreds of years ago soldiers used these great animals as war horses. They were big and strong and trained to charge into soldiers without fear! We also have Mules. The mule is the smartest in the equine family and is a cross between a horse and a donkey. One of our most friendly and engaging animal is Neo, our young Alpaca born to Cinnamon (mommy). He was born at the retreat and is the sweetest ever.
Welcome to the Miniature Farm
This is one of our favorite pastures for people to visit. We love all of our miniature animals they are absolutely adorable! The five miniature horses are the leaders of this group. However, it is a dynamic place. Let your guard down for one minute and there is a new sheriff in town. Our two female donkeys are best of friends and are always found together. Also true of the Scottish Galloway mini cows! You won’t want to miss our precious miniature goats or Mandela, our Dexter Cow – just too cute for words.
Welcome to Barnyard Alley
Enjoy a great time with our lovely pigs, chicken and bunnies!
Welcome to Tortoise Landin
Come to Tortoise Landing and meet ‘Big Daddy’, our Sulcata Tortoise. We love him! He likes to stroll in the sunshine and he is so strong that he can push his way through almost anything, he enjoys playing with his friends. He is 35 years young and weighs approximately 150 lbs. The Sulcata Tortoise is the 2nd largest tortoise in the world – only the Galapagos Tortoise is larger. This enormous reptile has a lifespan between 50 & 150 years!