Meet our furry friends! Find out more about the lovely creatures you can meet when you visit.
Alpacas belong to the South American camelid family, they are related to Llamas, Vicunas and Guanaros. They are indigenous to parts of Peru, Bolivia and China. They were traditionally bred by the Incas for their fleece which can be used to make high quality garments.
Glouchestershire Old Spot Pigs
Gloucestershire Old Spots originated in the Berkeley Vale on the southern shores of the river Seven. They were usually kept in the cider and Perry pear orchards of the area and on local dairy farms. Because of this they have also been called the Orchard Pig. Local folklore says that the spots on its back are the bruises from the falling fruit.
Anglo-Nubians were developed in England by crossing British goats with bucks of African and Indian origin. Its distinguishing characteristics include large, pendulous ears and a "Roman" nose. Due to their middle eastern heritage, Anglo-Nubians can live in very hot climates.
Guinea Pigs are mammals which belong to the rodent family having large incisor teeth that are continually growing necessitating gnawing to prevent the teeth from overgrowing. The word 'rodent' is derived from the latin word 'rodere' which means 'to gnaw'.
Kune Kune Pigs
A Kune Kune pig has also recently arrived at the visitor attraction. Smaller and dumpier than standard pigs, and interestingly, the name Kune Kune (pronounced Cooney Cooney) means fat and round in Maori. Dobbies challenged locals in a competition to come up with cute names for the pig - ‘Petal’ is now settling in well to their Plantasia home!
The Texel Sheep originates from the Island of Texel, one of the north-western Islands off Holland where it has been known since Roman times, the Texel produces a good quality fleece which is used for hosiery yarns and knitting wool.
The Shetland pony is a breed of pony originating in the Shetland Isles. They range in size from a minimum height of approximately 28 inches to 42 inches. Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered to be quite intelligent. We have two ponies at Plantasia, nosy Tootsie who loves getting stroked and playful Midnight.