The barn and the pasture are among the most-popular attractions at Mountain Meadows Lodge, but you generally don't have to go out to the barn to visit with the animals, most of them roam freely around the property during the day. They are all gentle and "kid-friendly"; some are curious and don't mind being petted.
Alice, the Mountain Meadows Lodge mascot, is a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. She can be seen any time of day roaming around Mountain Meadows doing what pigs do!
The latest additions are three new baby pygmy goats. They're playful and friendly and very curious. Charlie loves to be let out of his pen to roam around and nibble on everything. You can take him for a walk, of course, but be prepared, he's very easily distracted. One of his favorite places is the gardens at the pool, so if you plan to spend some time at the pool take Charlie.
In addition to the goats, there's Alex, the Shetland pony, and some sheep. Can you guess which one is Oreo?
Occasionally a moose or two will stop by -- the pictures here were taken in June and October of 2006 on the Lodge property.
We have loons on the lake every Spring. It's the most remarkable thing to hear them calling at dawn and dusk. One pair stayed all through the summer of 2009 and were quite tolerant of canoers and kayakers. See the picture below.
It's not uncommon to see an osprey on the lake. The photo here was taken in Sept 2009 - the osprey had landed on one of the small islands in the middle of the lake.
Inside the lodge you'll find some reptile exhibits featuring some turtles and a lizard.
Animal Photo Slide Show
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