2008-08-27 / Features

Queens Zoo Welcomes Two Babydoll Lambs

Photo Suzanne Bolduc, Wildlife Conservation Society


One of the two new chocolate browncolored babydoll lambs that recently found a new home at the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The oldest known purebred sheep in the world, the babydoll, weighing in at only 40 pounds, is also known as the miniature Southdown sheep. The new fleecy pair brings the zoo's sheep count to 18, with the Queens herd also consisting of Jacob's four-horned sheep and Suffolk sheep. The babydoll is an example of a breed that used to be very popular before the industrialization of livestock production caused it to become rare. The Wildlife Conservation Society works to save wildlife and wild lands around the world through careful science, research, and raising the public's awareness of rare animal species such as the babydoll sheep. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th St. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and is open 365 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends. Admission is $6 for adults, $2.25 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under 3. For general information, call 718-271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com. One of the two new chocolate browncolored babydoll lambs that recently found a new home at the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The oldest known purebred sheep in the world, the babydoll, weighing in at only 40 pounds, is also known as the miniature Southdown sheep. The new fleecy pair brings the zoo's sheep count to 18, with the Queens herd also consisting of Jacob's four-horned sheep and Suffolk sheep. The babydoll is an example of a breed that used to be very popular before the industrialization of livestock production caused it to become rare. The Wildlife Conservation Society works to save wildlife and wild lands around the world through careful science, research, and raising the public's awareness of rare animal species such as the babydoll sheep. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th St. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and is open 365 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends. Admission is $6 for adults, $2.25 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under 3. For general information, call 718-271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com.

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