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Meet The Animals! 

Lavender Waves Farm is a home to many different types of animals.

On your visit to the farm, come say hi and see how many of them you can find!

Minnie, the Great Dane

Minnie is our 5 year old Harlequin colored Great Dane. She is large weighing in around 140 lbs.  Minnie is majestic, has two different colored eyes and is a fantastic farm guard dog.  She happily chases away hawks and coyote in her attempts to keep everyone safe.  Minnie eats mostly a raw diet consisting of meats like chicken, pork, beef and deer.  

Great Dane dog

Alpacas

We have 6 Huacaya females in our herd.  Alpaca are camelids and they are native to South America.  They are herd animals and prefer to live together.  Alpaca eat grasses and plants and are typically raised for their valuable fur. Alpaca are prey animal and so do not stand up well to predators. They usually chose to run rather than fight and defend.  Alpacas can certainly spit.  They usually only do this as a defense mechanism.  You’ll see ours often spit at each other when their grain is given to them in order to try and hoard the grain for themselves.

alpacas
llama

Llamas

We have three llamas, Dolly, Ricky, and Kirby.  Dolly is about 15 years old and had a near death experience about 5 years ago.  Luckily she survived and is now extremely sweet.  Llama, like alpacas, are also camelids and closely related to each other.  You’ll notice that the llama are about 100 lbs larger than the alpacas.   They also have larger ears.  They are part of our guard animals.  They will stand their ground more so than the alpacas.  Llamas will spit, kick and charge at predators if necessary.  They’re known for patrolling many miles of farmland while protecting the animals that they live with.  Llamas have no upper teeth, only gums.

bactrian camel
dromedary camel

Camels

There are two breeds of camels in the world, Dromedary and Bactrian.  Dromedary, or Arabian camels, are one-hump camels native to the sub-Saharan desert regions of the world.  They are common and number about 15 million throughout the world.  Camels are foragers and among other things like to eat thorny plants that many other herbivores may shun. Bactrian camels are more rare.  They have two humps and are native to the cold-weather regions of Asian.  There are estimated to be about 1,500 of them in the wild remaining.  The USA has about 300-500 domesticated Bactrian camels.  We are pretty sure that Rhode Island has 5 camels.  At Lavender Waves Farm we are lucky enough to have 3 out of the 5 RI camels.  We have two dromedary camels named Jack and Bingham.  Jack is the brown one and Bingham is the white one.  They’re about 15 years old and were raised together and we acquired them in March 2023.  Humphrey is our gorgeous 2 year old Bactrian camel.  We’ve had him since he was 5.5 months old.  We acquired him from a breeder in Michigan.  The dromedaries came from a private individual in Wisconsin.

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