Our Four-Legged Staff Needs Top-Quality Care

In addition to the hundreds of volunteer staffers who keep Pioneer Farms humming, we also have a dedicated corps of animals that are just as important as we tell the story of nineteenth-century Texas. We need your help to provide them with the best care possible.

Well over $12,000 a year is spent to ensure our Barnyard Buddies have the best diet and healthcare, so we can give them the proper environment that allows them to help visitors experience nineteenth-century Texas history. One hundred percent of your donations go to our animal program.

Check out photos below of some of our four-legged staff members — they all have names just like us — and read their stories by rolling your cursor over their photo. Then. make a contribution to ensure they get the best care we want them to have!

 
  Henry   I'm the head donkey and I love to sing. Most days, you can hear me serenading the girls. I also like to greet people at the fence behind the Bell House.

Henry

I'm the head donkey and I love to sing. Most days, you can hear me serenading the girls. I also like to greet people at the fence behind the Bell House.

  Loki   I am a new addition to Pioneer Farms, and love it here. I'm  about three years old and love to run and explore when my handlers put me on a leash.

Loki

I am a new addition to Pioneer Farms, and love it here. I'm  about three years old and love to run and explore when my handlers put me on a leash.

  Moondoggie   As boss of the Pioneer Farms horses, I'm laid back and friendly. When I go out for rides, I like to stop frequently and then wait before I start walking again.

Moondoggie

As boss of the Pioneer Farms horses, I'm laid back and friendly. When I go out for rides, I like to stop frequently and then wait before I start walking again.

  Big Red   I'm the No. 2 longhorn in the herd and, while I'm quieter than some of my fellow cows, I always like to see visitors who think I'm still on the Chisholm Trail.

Big Red

I'm the No. 2 longhorn in the herd and, while I'm quieter than some of my fellow cows, I always like to see visitors who think I'm still on the Chisholm Trail.

 
  Fluff   As the senior sheep at the Cotton Planter's Farm, I love to help reenact Texas history for visitors. I love to steal Jackson's food whenever I can.

Fluff

As the senior sheep at the Cotton Planter's Farm, I love to help reenact Texas history for visitors. I love to steal Jackson's food whenever I can.

  Brownie   As the senior rabbit at Pioneer Farms, I love to have children visit me in my pen. Because I'm a little shy, I often stay at the back of my pen during the day.

Brownie

As the senior rabbit at Pioneer Farms, I love to have children visit me in my pen. Because I'm a little shy, I often stay at the back of my pen during the day.

  Kit   I was born at Pioneer Farms in 2007, and love it here. Everyone says I'm a real sweetheart, and I love to beg for treats and extra rubbing by my handlers.

Kit

I was born at Pioneer Farms in 2007, and love it here. Everyone says I'm a real sweetheart, and I love to beg for treats and extra rubbing by my handlers.

  Vince   I'm named for Vince Young, so I'm a big UT Longhorn fan. I'm also the herd boss, so I can look at the other steers and they get out of my way without my asking.

Vince

I'm named for Vince Young, so I'm a big UT Longhorn fan. I'm also the herd boss, so I can look at the other steers and they get out of my way without my asking.

 
  Jackson   Compared to my buddy Henry, I'm quiet and love to to watch people from my shade tree. Come by the Cotton Planter's Farm and visit me anytime.

Jackson

Compared to my buddy Henry, I'm quiet and love to to watch people from my shade tree. Come by the Cotton Planter's Farm and visit me anytime.

  Dillie   They say I was an uh-oh birth in 2013 after my dad, Henry, jumped the fence and joined my mother Kit overnight. Everybody says I'm a real sweetheart.

Dillie

They say I was an uh-oh birth in 2013 after my dad, Henry, jumped the fence and joined my mother Kit overnight. Everybody says I'm a real sweetheart.

  Luna   I live at the Texian Farm with my mom, Kit, and sister Dillie. I'm generally reserved, but love to see people and my feeders.

Luna

I live at the Texian Farm with my mom, Kit, and sister Dillie. I'm generally reserved, but love to see people and my feeders.

  Oreo   I'm Big Red's best friend, and she I are always near each other. She is so nice. I like living at Pioneer Farms because we have our own pasture and our herd rocks!

Oreo

I'm Big Red's best friend, and she I are always near each other. She is so nice. I like living at Pioneer Farms because we have our own pasture and our herd rocks!

 
  Sugar   I am one of the many roosters in the chicken coops at Pioneer Farms, but I can crow the loudest and best. You can hear me calling my hens every day.   

Sugar

I am one of the many roosters in the chicken coops at Pioneer Farms, but I can crow the loudest and best. You can hear me calling my hens every day.

 

  Bailey   I'm a very smart horse and, while I enjoy going for rides, I want to pick the direction of speed of the ride. My handlers say that's because I'm opinionated.

Bailey

I'm a very smart horse and, while I enjoy going for rides, I want to pick the direction of speed of the ride. My handlers say that's because I'm opinionated.

  Major   I love to find the greenest grass in my pasture and always lead the rest of the herd there. I'm named for Major Applewhite, and a big University of Texas fan.

Major

I love to find the greenest grass in my pasture and always lead the rest of the herd there. I'm named for Major Applewhite, and a big University of Texas fan.

  Little Red   I may be the smallest cow in the Pioneer Farms' herd, but I'm the most vocal. I call out to my feeders for more hay, and often greet visitors with a big mooooo!

Little Red

I may be the smallest cow in the Pioneer Farms' herd, but I'm the most vocal. I call out to my feeders for more hay, and often greet visitors with a big mooooo!

 

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