Meet the four-legged zoo gardeners

Keeper Jayne Gibbins leading the herd.

Keeper Jayne Gibbins leading the herd. - Credit: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Keepers at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm have an unusual herd of tiny gardeners that keep the grass cut throughout the year –  the African pygmy goats.

Each morning, the zoo’s pygmy goats don collars and leads as Keepers take the boisterous herd to paddocks around the zoo.

Walked around the zoo twice a day, these little goats help out other species like the ostrich and the rhea, who prefer to graze on short grass.

Previously pets, they are happy to take the walk around the zoo although it does beg the question of who’s walking who with how eager they can be.

Keeper Jayne Gibbins said: “They are small but they have mighty big personalities. Lily is typically calm and reserved, Bella is a sassy lady who loves her food and Ivan is very keeper oriented, always ready with a quick little nudge to remind you that you're not allowed to stop petting him."


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