About the animals:
The Cats x 3:
Cadbury the chocolate Burmese is very loving and good with children. Give him some attention, and he will roll over for a tummy rub.
Black cat (peanut butter) is our mouse expert and keeps the mice population down and helps keep snakes at bay. She is a chancer and likes a warm place to sleep. Please do not feed them as they won’t catch the mice!
Picasso, our Blue Burmese is the latest edition to the farm. He is very friendly, full of confidence and loves attention
The Dogs x 3:
Keisey is our Boerboel, our gentle giant, named after the Keisie valley and River. She loves attention, but please don’t feed her. She is big enough as it is! She also thinks children running across the lawn are an invitation to play”pin me down”, which she does with Scoobie, so please ask your kids to walk to the jungle gym.
Scoobie Doo is our little mascot, gently cuddle him and he will love you to bits. He is full of life and no doubt be visiting you while you are here. His leg is not broken, he just thinks it is. He has a habit of getting into cars, so please check before you leave (passed away 20 Septemebr 2011 – RIP Scoobs)
Chino, our Jack Russell! There are no words, an amazing little dog full of love and life. She can run, jump and rock climb like a Greyhound
You are welcome to take the dogs for walks, while you are here, they are great tour guides and know all the routes.
Ducks x 3:
Mosey, Covey and Donald are our 3 Moscovey Ducks. They are very tame & love swimming around the house dam. We expect them to start breeding soon.
The chickens are also tame and kids are welcome to come with when we feed the chickens. Ask at reception
We are very proud of our tame Guinea fowls. Every summer we get 3 to 4 Blue cranes that come to breed on the Lucerne fields – please do not disturb them as they are still a bit weary of people. In the dam in front of the house you will sometimes find two yellow billed ducks, 2 Egyptian geese, two or three Hadedas and a cormorant – they are used to people from a distance but not too close. If you are lucky, you will see a giant or pied kingfisher diving down for a catch.
There are approx 30-40 head of cattle grazing on Ravenna, they are very friendly and will walk toward you if they see you on a walk. Go sit near them and get a cow kiss!
Please be aware that you are in the Karoo and it is best to keep to the path and/or roads when hiking in very hot conditions, as there are dangerous snakes, scorpions and more if you go venturing off the trails!
See you soon, the zoo is waiting!