Our Animals

Our Animals

 

Alpacas (not Llamas!)

Up until July 2021 only three Alpacas lived at Kelburn:
Dom who is Light Fawn
Hester who is Bay Black
And Stella who is Dark Brown.

 

Did you know there are 16 standard Alpaca coat colours?

 

Since then two new baby Alpacas have been born!
Their names are Arthur (Stella’s baby), and Guinevere (Hester’s baby).
Both of them are the exact same colour as thier mum!
Baby Alpacas (and Llamas) are called a Cria.

 

Soay Sheep

 

Soay are a Scottish breed from the St Kilda archipelago to the far northwest, about 40 miles off North Uist.
In 1930 the 36 remaining inhabitants evacuated from St Kilda and the sheep have lived wild on the island since.

 

 

There are three different colours in the Alpaca Field, can you spot them all?
Dougal is the odd one out and is pied.
Gordon, Glen, Graham and Gregor are light phase mouflon colour.
Fergus, Finlay and Fraser are dark phase or “wild” colour.

Goats

 

Our two goats are called Bert and Ernie after the Muppets on Sesame Street!
Bert has a blue collar and Ernie has a yellow collar.
Sometimes you might see them play fighting, they stand up on their back legs and bash their horns together.

 

Did you know goats have horizontal pupils in their eyes? 
This helps them keep an eye out for danger while they are grazing the grass.

Geese

 

 

Our two geese are called Amelia and Boris!
Amelia is a girl and lays lots of HUGE eggs between March and June.
The geese can be very noisy, but they are just telling you that it is their field!
See if you can hear them shouting when you visit!

 

Chickens

 

 

We have lots of different breeds of chickens, such as: Bluebelles, Sussex, Black rocks, Black tails and more!

 

 

Did you know male chickens are called Cockerels and female chickens are called Hens?
Cockerels are the ones who cock-a-doodle-do, and the Hens lay eggs!

 

 

Ducks

 

You will probably hear the ducks before you see them as they communicate with each other through loud quacks.

 

 

Our ducks are lots of different sizes, from the large Khaki Campbells to small Call ducks but they all enjoy splashing around in their paddling pools or swimming on the large pond in the furthest field.

 

 

Did you know that ducks have a preen gland which secretes oil?
They use this oil to waterproof their feathers!

Turkey

Franklin arrived at Kelburn on 26th November 2020 (Thanksgiving in America!).
Watch him and see if you can spot his head changing colour from

red

to

blue!

 

 

Also listen out for him gobbling, he’s very noisy!

 

Yoko

 

 

Yoko the ginger tom cat lives at Kelburn Estate with two of the on-site rangers.
You may see him wandering about near the Information Centre!

 

 

Keep a listen out and see if you can hear the bells on his collar!