Few children nowadays come into contact with grazing cattle, bleating goats or clucking hens. So it’s exciting for them when they discover the Mainau animals. Old domestic breeds, miniature ponies, donkeys and cattle live in the larger animal enclosures. Hens and rabbits dart about the Mainau Farmyard and stoking the animals is expressly wished in the petting zoo – the goats love it! The pony riding arena is in a beautiful spot between the farmyard and the lake. There are Shetland ponies that children up to the age of 12 and max. 45 kg can ride. Isaron's Rock'n Roll is the Shetland pony herd’s stallion. He has already sired several gold medal winning foals. His offspring can also be purchased.
At the farmyard:
Our farmyard residents:
Alpacas, rabbits, hens, goats, Shetland ponies, donkeys, sheep and cats.
You can go into parts of the goat pens. The goats love being stroked.
Rare domestic breeds:
You can meet endangered species at our farmyard like the brown hill sheep and the chicken breed Vorwerk.
Farmyard vegetable patch:
Farmyards also have gardens with vegetable patches. Ours is in the middle of the animal enclosures in front of the stalls. We grow plants such as salads, herbs, fruit and vegetables here.
The petting zoo during the winter months:
We have to provide a hand washing facility close to our petting zoo in compliance with official regulations. However, we must turn off the water supply to this wash basin in winter to prevent the water pipes from freezing up and bursting. This means that the petting zoo must unfortunately remain closed during this period. Visitors can still see the animals in their enclosures though. We thank you for your understanding.