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One of our new attractions in 2010 – the Highland Stables

March 11, 2010

It’s true … We have some new animals living in Scotland at the Highland Stables. Our menagerie consists of eight Scottish Blackface sheep and two Border collie puppies as well as four black Clydesdales that can’t wait to meet you. Our trainers and the zoological team in the Scotland section of our park are working with the animals in preparation for the park opening. When we open to the public March 26, our guests will be able to meet the sheep and horses at the stables and may even see some of them during a train ride around the park. Eventually, we will conduct herding demonstrations with the sheep and dogs, but first the puppies need to grow into their big feet. The Highland Stables will be like a traditional, Scottish working farm.

We have nicknamed the staff over there “the sheep team.” Most of them have years of horse experience, but are expanding their knowledge about caring for and training sheep. Every time I see one of those team members in the lunch room, they have a book about sheep tucked under their arms.

I can’t wait for everyone to meet the newest animals in the Busch Gardens family.

Kendell
Animal Care Supervisor at Busch Gardens

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2010 6:16 pm

    This is exciting news!! I can’t wait to meet the sheep and Border Collies.

  2. March 13, 2010 9:09 pm

    This is great news. Having animals to view on the train will increase interest in the “Festa to France” train ride for sure. Also, I heard about an Eurasian Barn Owl at the stables. Being an owl-fanatic, this will be my first stop in the park. I do hope official park photos with some of the new animals will be allowed this year.

    Also, great job on incorporating an actual herding demonstration. I look forward to seeing the puppies grow and learn this great skill.

    Thanks for the news and I can’t wait!

  3. March 15, 2010 4:26 pm

    You have to post pictures of the puppies. It would be interesting if you posted training updates here.

  4. March 20, 2010 4:15 pm

    BTW this sounds like a great exhibit.

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