Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys are a distinct breed – not a small version of a standard donkey -- that originated on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and in North Africa where they carried firewood, delivered goods and pulled ore carts in mines. Today they are endearing companions, and public ambassadors in schools, fairs, parades and nursing homes.
Alpacas have coexisted with humans for thousands of years. Native to South America, the Incan civilization prized these small camelid for their fiber. Invading Spanish conquistador slaughtered more than 90 percent of all alpacas. Fortunately, the natives saved a small number of these wonderful animals by secreting them off to the barren and remote Altiplano. Over the last four centuries, the population has steadily increased.
Horses are large and powerful. They are social animals, but with a strong flight instinct. Much like humans, individuals are defined by their roles within the herds. Powerfully intuitive, horses react to the energy and body language of those in their presence. Through an awareness of this, people learn that if they change themselves, the horses respond differently. Without hidden agendas, horses are honest and open, making them especially powerful messengers of who we are and how we present ourselves to others.
Jon Snow is a Barbados sheep who looks like goat, was raised by a guanaco, and thinks he’s a dog. Named after a character in the HBO television series “Game of Thrones” who was rejected by his mother, our Jon Snow, when he was a day old, was found in a field, alone. At four months old, Jon came to the White Barn.
Other Farm Favorites
Owls, chickens, and sheep are our other animals that enrich the experience at The White Barn Project.