Miniature donkeys Trevor and Tulip are proving that size doesn’t matter ahead of the opening of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s new Hullabazoo Farm.
Tulip has been spotted by her keepers prancing around her paddock and bossing the other residents around, with faithful companion Trevor sticking close by her side. They especially like to assert their authority over the giant Poitou donkeys Tarka and Tizer, who stand at more than 5ft tall, compared to their miniature 2.9ft.
Although much smaller than some of the other animals the inseparable pair have been making their presence known on the farm, where they live with a range of bigger animals including ponies, llamas, alpacas and Poitous.
Keeper at the farm, Alex Pinnell said: “They may be little but they certainly have big personalities. Trevor is smaller than Tulip and she seems to be relishing her role as leader, making sure that wherever she goes he follows.
“She definitely thinks she’s the boss of the paddock, and doesn’t see any difference between herself and our giant Poitous, Tizer and Tarka, even though they are nearly double her size. She definitely thinks she’s the ‘mane’ attraction!”
The two miniature donkeys arrived in October 2013, and will be residents at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s new Hullabazoo Farm, which opens on Saturday 5 April just in time for the Easter holidays. The farm is an interactive, up-close adventure, giving youngsters the chance to get closer to the animals than ever before.
Hullabazoo Farm joins Hullabazoo Indoor Play and Hullabazoo Adventure Play, all located at the heart of the Zoo and open 364 days of the year.