The Animal Park is accredited as an Approved Conservation Farm Park by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. It boasts Bagot Goats, Portland Sheep and Saddleback Pigs among its residents, alongside alpacas, donkeys, rabbits and lots of farmyard favourites.
Rare Breeds Survival Trust is the leading national charity working to conserve and protect the United Kingdom’s rare native breeds of farm animals from extinction.
Section Lead, Aart Noordijk, said: “This accreditation will have immense commercial impact for the Animal Park, and secondarily will allow us to initiate a cohesive breeding programme enabling us to become a more specialist centre.”
One of the Animal Park’s Bagot Goats, Vinney Blue, has gained the coveted position of mascot for The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, and will be making an appearance at assemblies and events. Vinney was born at the Animal Park in April 2013, and his sister, Lily the Pink, followed in May.
Head Animal Technician & Instructor at the Animal Park, Barbara Holden, said: “It’s an important link for Vinney to be the school’s mascot as the students can learn how to handle and rear goats whilst promoting the breed. It will help with awareness too as this goat would be extinct if it wasn’t for parks like Kingston Maurward’s – there are only 200 Bagot goats in the world – which is rarer than pandas.”
Currently Kingston Maurward Animal Park has the following Rare Breeds
- Black and Bronze Turkeys
- Cayuga Ducks
- Silver Seabright Bantams
- Leghorn Chickens
- Barnvelder Chickens
- Bagot Goats
- Portland Sheep
- Saddleback Pigs
- Old English Game Fowl