Hartpury’s animal family has grown again with the arrival of a wallaby joey and a new rare-breed goat.
The pair, who are part of the Orchard Animal Collection, have joined the emus, meerkats and llamas in Hartpury’s ever-expanding menagerie, which helps give the College’s animal students a host of hands-on learning experiences.
The wallaby joey is the College’s second within a year and staff do not yet know its sex, as joeys can stay in the pouch for any number of months until they are fully developed.
The new female Bagot goat, Demi, meanwhile, joins her older brother, Caesar, at Hartpury and will enable students to gain experience in foot trimming, health checking and worming. The students will also be tending to the goats daily as part of their animal duties.
The animal collection at Hartpury is continuing to grow, maximising opportunities for our Animal Management students to get hands on with a wide variety of small and large and native and non-native animals. The facilities include dedicated reptile, aquatics and rodent rooms.
Students studying on a variety of animal courses at the College will have the opportunity to get hands on with the wallaby and care for it throughout its development.
Animal Collection Manager, Colin Stevenson, said: “The addition of these animals will bringa new aspect to the learning experience. They both offer different opportunities for students to gain hands on experience.
“Very few colleges boast rare breed goats in their collections, and our Animal Management students are excited about working with and learning from them. Having a baby wallaby to manage will also be a new experience for a lot of our students.”