Friday, December 4, 2009

Camera Critters: Arche Warder

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a Bentheim Black Pied pig at the Arche Warder, a zoo for rare breeds of domesticated animals. They keep about 1000 animals, many breeds have only a few hundred individuals left worldwide. The Bentheim Black Pied has only about 100 registered breeding animals left. They are huge, weighing around 200 kilos, boars up to 250. Don't call him Babe.

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a Konik - they are genetically pretty close to the Tarpan, the extinct European wild horse and the breed is a result of trying to breed back the Tarpan.

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a Jacob's Sheep - this one doesn't just have four horns, but also different eyes. They can even have six horns!

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a White Park

See more animals at the Camera Critters meme

12 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

That Jacob's Sheep is amazing! I love it.

Mine's posted...come stop by if you can, and you'll need to scroll down below my Photo Hunt a bit...still same post, but scroll down to the 'critters' part.

HERE

Teena in Toronto said...

Sounds like a fabulous place!

That's quite a snout :)

I played too :)

Dina said...

Great shots of these unusual animals.
Your Jacob sheep has amazing horns.
Much nicer than our ewe in the Biblical Zoo --
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/03/jacob-sheep.html

Good that there is an Arche Warder.

Dianne said...

I love the nose :)

twobarkingdogs said...

A whole bunch of wacky animals! Great photos - thanks for sharing.

Christina. Sweden said...

Interesting informationand great photos of the animals

eileeninmd said...

They are cool looking animals. It does sounds like a wonderful zoo. Great photos.

Snap said...

Great and important post. It is so important to maintain and bring back these heirloom animals and plants. The *old* genes are important and shouldn't be lost. Thanks!

Jane said...

Nice images, I love the sheep and the pig. Thanks for sharing:)

Teresa said...

what great critters you have to show. Nice pictures of them

Manang Kim said...

OMG they are amazing creatures. Thanks for sharing!


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Wren said...

Interesting idea for a zoo. I find it much more interesting to see the vanishing breeds than the more common ones we'd see all the time.

I love the Jacob's sheep. He's a striking but unusual looking fellow, and the picture is well composed with the horns framing the face.