A favorite for all generations, The Farmyard is home to a family of alpacas, donkey, and more. Watch an interview with one of our veterinarians, use an interactive scale to see how you measure up with our animals, or just say hello to our variety of traditional farmyard animals.
Meet Some of Our Farmyard Friends
Dusty and Dallas
Even though our Miniature Herefords are only 42 inches tall, they are not considered a dwarf breed; on average they are half the size of a standard Hereford cattle and are known for being extremely calm and highly trainable. Three-year-olds Dusty and Dallas are on permanent loan to the Museum from Spring Trail Ranch in Hillsborough, NC.
Look closely and you'll notice that alpacas don't have top front teeth. They have teeth on their bottom jaw and a hard upper pallet - good for cutting and chewing hay. Our four female alpacas are on permanent loan to the Museum from a farm in Durham, NC and are all related.
Born on November 6, 1998, Lightning is a "gelding", the name for a neutered male in the horse family. Lightning's exhibit yard often contains items he can pick up and explore as part of his enrichment program. Look closely and you might even find lightning playing with a large rubber ball!