Donkeys are members of the horse family Equidae, and are descended from the African wild ass. Throughout history, donkeys have been known as ‘beasts of burden’, used as working animals for over 5000 years.
Donkeys come in a wide range of colours but are most typically seen as a dull greyish-brown. Their distinctive long ears give them excellent hearing and are also said to cool the donkey’s blood. In the wild, donkeys are used to living spread far apart from one another and their characteristic loud call can be heard for over three kilometres. It is here that their big ears come in to great use, when listening out for a far away neighbour! Visitors to Harewood Farm will be able to see our donkey’s in 2016.
Our pair of alpacas here at Harewood Farm are of the Huacaya breed, originating from the Altiplano plateau in the Andes. Compared to the Suri breed, these alpacas are more bulky in appearance, … Read more
Our Harewood Farm pigs are a special cross between two breeds, the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig and the New Zealand kunekune. Their black skin with short hair, short ears and a short snout make … Read more
Our family of pygmy goats are a type of dwarf goat originating from West Africa. They are hardy little animals and can live in almost any climate although they do like a cosy shed to shelter in … Read more