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Our animals

The positive effects of animals on people

The mere presence, observation, petting the animal, interaction or the care for the animal improves our mood. It relaxes us, increases our immune system and improves our communication… Research have shown that the interaction with animals has a positive influence on our health (after a stroke or other illnesses) and it can prolong our life.

The animal can become our friend, companion, teammate, comforter or someone who needs to be looked after.

The animal relaxes us, calms us down and brings us joy. It can be a fellow passenger in loneliness or a bright spot during an illness. Animals can also assist us in different activities and therapies.

Our animals

Monkeys Cotton-top

Selling these monkeys is strictly prohibited as they are extremely endangered due to the destruction of their natural habitat. Currently, they are enlisted as highly endangered species and are one of the rarest primates on our planet – only 6000 individuals living in the wild.

Macaque monkeys

Because they are part of the national heritage the Royal Navy was responsible for the survival of these monkeys. Gibraltar is under Great Britain´s rule, meaning the British laws apply. According to the folk tradition, as long as the monkey are living on the island the British will rule Gibraltar.

South American coati

They are very strong. They are a mixture of a racoon, bear, and a panda. They have a long, circular tail and a straight and flexible snout. They use it to sniff around crannies and holes in search of food.

Crested porcupine

When in danger they raise their spiky tail and their tusks. Now they seem bigger, which fends off attackers. If that isn´t sufficient, they run – backward – into the enemy. Sometimes they suddenly stop, when the enemy is going to him, so they stab him. Their tusks can break off in different places. The tusks are also serrate so they go deeper and deeper into the enemy´s body.


There are 20 types of wallabies. In 1975, in Scotland, on the island of Loch Lomong, they released 2 couples of red-neck wallabies into the wild. In 1993 their numbers rose to 26.

Green iguana

It´s interesting that they slough in stages – they don´t remove their entire skin at once. If they lose their tail – left behind in danger or lost due to accident – it grows back on. Their tail has a lot of strength; they can break the terrarium – if it isn´t made of toughened glass.

Black-tailed prairie dog

They are extremelly smart and sociable as they live in groups. In the wild, they can form large groups up to 10000 individuals or more. Their habitat is sometimes divided into divisions and they are friendly towards each other. Adults can weigh as much as 1,5 kg and can become 33 cm long.


Capybaras can be easily domesticated. You can teach them to stand on their two feet, walk on two legs or even take them for walks if you keep them on a leash. In some parts of the USA, people keep them in apartments where they bathe with their owners in pools

Patagonian mara

These are the third largest rodents – after capybaras and beavers. They live in the Central and South Argentina in open, dry areas filled with grass and bush. They like to live in abandoned holes made by other animals.

Bactrian camel

We also know one-humped camels (C. Dromedar), which live in Africa. The two-humped (C. Bactian) lives in Asia. It is wise to remember the letters B and D. If they are placed horizontally we get a one-humped or a two-humped letter.


They have a very interesting lifestyle – they need company. They live in harems – One male and many females and younglings. They mate during the summer and before autumn. Fun fact: while mating, the female is on the floor.


People don´t have a good opinion about donkeys. They represent ineptness. Although donkeys were appreciated in the history of humankind. Modern breeds can be divided into three categories.


In the middle of the previous century, they started to use them in coal mines for pulling carts. This is the time when they almost went extinct. Luckily, in 1870, lord Londonderry, founded a stud farm on the islands of Bressay and Noss and saved them from extinction.


Currently, zebus are inhabiting every single continent. The majority lives in India and Brazil where the largest commercial herd is made up of 155 million cattle. India has more than 270 million zebus, the USA on the other hand, has more than 2 million of them.

African Pygmy Goat

The African Pygmy Goat is related to the domestic goat which was domesticated 10.000 years ago. They were used to supply people with milk and meat. Their practical size and resilience allowed them to survive even in places with little food.


Some are wild others are domestic (genus Ovis). Mouflons (Ovis musimon) from Sardinia and Corsica were successfully domesticated in many parts of Europe – even in Slovenia.

Koi carps

Because of their special colour pallets and uniqueness some specimen are worth a small fortune; comparable to a luxurious house or car. Opposed to other fish, Koi carps are clearly visible in clear waters and their appearance evokes respect.


Racoons have a black mask around their eyes, they resemble a thief. This gave them the reputation of a thief or a mugger. Racoons can stand on their rear legs and smell the area while standing on their two feet. They always wash their hands with water before feeding.

Caucasian Shepherd

The Caucasian Shepard Dog is one of the oldest breeds. It was named after the Caucasian mountains. There it was protecting the shepherds, their families, and domestic animals from predatory beasts. They taught it to be a watchdog, to be able to fight off wolves and bears.


This dog doesn´t originate from the isle of Malta, their homeland is Dalmatia (island of Melitaea – today named Mljet). The Maltese dog was mentioned in the old Greek literature. These dogs were popular with old Greek ladies.

Guinea pigs

They often give birth – even 4-5 a year to 2-4 offspring. If they give birth to 6 or more, only a few survive. Females can mate every 10-14 days, their estrus lasts a day or two. During this time, they frequently mate with males. Gestation lasts 64-70 days.

Greek tortoise

This kind has a yellowish 20-30 cm big shield. Their chest shield is black and has a yellow stripe going through the middle. On its genitalia, there is a pink extension. They differ from others due to the upper rear tile above their genitalia – it is split.

Hermann's tortoise

Compared to the previous kind, they don´t have that pink extension above their genitalia. Their heads and leg are of darker colour. They reach the size of 30 cm. Greek tortoises are further divided into 4 subgroups.

Monk parakeet

These parrots are tightly attached to their nests. If they finish building it, we can safely remove the protective net. These birds are going to explore the surrounding area, search for food; however, they are going to return at night.


These birds are classified under the order of Ratites, together with ostriches, emus, cassowaries, kiwi birds and rhea. The ostrich can be up to 2,75 m tall, while Rhea only reaches 1,5 m. There is also a big difference in their weight.


Despite their vanity, they are very protective. They quickly spot danger – cats, buzzard, etc…. Their reaction to danger is quite interesting as they start to sprint toward the enemy and emit a loud voice. At this point, all the other males join and run one after the other – very fast.


They are lively animals with a round body and short, floppy tail. Their small, featherless head has an orange extension – similar to a helmet. Their double chin hangs slightly onto one side. Their grey and blue feathers resemble pearls due to the white freckles. This is the reason they are named Pearl.

Eurasian Eagle-owl

It is estimated that approximately 150 owl couples nest in Slovenia. Although they often live in rural areas the European Eagle-owl is very timid in sensitive if people come near its nest. Even the slightest disturbance can cause them to abandon the nest. These animals are highly protected as from 2006 they are on IUCN-s Red List of Threatened Species.


In the wild, there are species of albino (completely white) ravens. Ravens like to steal shiny things (stones, jewellery…)
They have the largest brains among all birds. They are being mentioned in many mythological stories, often even in the Holly Bible.


Alongside the most famous homing pigeons – which were bred because of their excellent orientation and flying skills – their structure and colour is similar to that of the Rock-pigeon. Rock pigeon is the ancestor of domestic and purebred pigeons.


So robustni ptiči s plavalnimi nogami, dolgimi koničastimi perutnicami, močnim, kljukastim kljunom, rep pa je navadno ravno odrezan. Barve so v glavnem bele, sive in črne. Hranijo se predvsem z organskimi ostanki.

Water-dwelling poultry

Wild duck, The marbled duck, Pintail, Mandarin duck, The Muscovy duck, Plumed whistling duck, Red-crested Pochard, Common pochard …


Dwarfed Sebright chicken, The Red Junglefowl, Holland chicken,  Silkie chicken and Common quail.

Wild turkey

They have a strong and a heavy body. They can be as long as 110 cm. Their head is featherless, colourful and decorated with a double chin. They also have a worm-like skin under their nose – phlegm.

Vietnamese and Göttingen mini pig

There are three colour variants: white, pink (as the domestic pig) and black or a combination of white and black.

African spurred tortoise

This tortoise is the third largest land-dwelling tortoise (1st – on the Galapagos island, 2nd on the island of Seychelles), they are up to 80 cm long and weigh 60-90 kg – or even 100 kg.

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