Baby farm animals join zoo attractions for school holidays

Mayor Jack Dempsey gets a kiss from the animals with franchisee Karen Campbell.
Mayor Jack Dempsey gets a kiss from the animals with franchisee Karen Campbell.

From clucking chickens, shy deer, goats galore and even a fuzzy-headed alpaca, baby animals have taken over the grounds of Alexandra Park Zoo for the school holidays.

It's all thanks to Old Macdonald's Travelling Farm, which will operate out of the fernery from 9am to 3pm each day until Easter Sunday.

Mayor Jack Dempsey visited the animals this morning and said Old Macdonald's Travelling Farm was an exceptional activity for families to participate in during the holiday period.

“What a fantastic way to spend some quality time with kids while they learn all about how to care for animals,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“Old Macdonald's Travelling Farm has been coming to the Bundaberg Region for a long time and provides children with the opportunity to get up close with some very cute farm friends.”

New animals welcomed

Danielle Campbell with the new additions, rabbits!
Danielle Campbell with the new additions, rabbits!

Franchisee Karen Campbell said these school holidays two new animals were being introduced to the farm family.

“We have two bunny rabbits with us now who are very cute and two piglets will be joining us from tomorrow,” she said.

“Both rabbits and piglets are female and we are yet to decide on their names!”

Karen said she had a big passion for animals and her work with the farm had given her many amazing opportunities.

“I live on acreage near Mackay and a year ago I purchased an Old Macdonald’s Travelling Farms franchise,” she said.

“It has given me the chance to complete my dream of living in the country while caring for baby farm animals.

“I enjoy showing people my babies, teaching them how to handle and look after them while travelling around North Queensland meeting new people and catching up with my regular customers from previous jobs.”

Karen said she doesn't do all the work alone, with her own family supporting her in her travels from Gin Gin to Cairns and West to Mount Isa.

“I have a wonderful family supporting me behind the scenes, Richard, my husband, and my daughters, who often join me on my adventures around the north,” she said.

“We visit schools, child care centres, kindergartens, aged care facilities, shopping centres, disability camps, birthday parties, corporate events, fetes – the list is endless.”

Travelling farm details

Old Macdonalds's Travelling Farm is situated at Alexandra Park Zoo until Easter Sunday from 9am to 3pm.

Entry is free and $1 feed is available to purchase.

While you are there, don't forget to check out all of the other animals at Alexandra Park Zoo, including the Tamarind monkeys, dingoes and baby snakes.