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Press Release: Maymont Welcomes Baby Goats and Lambs

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Melissa Abernathy, Communications Manager
804-358-7166, ext. 315

Meet the “New Kids” on the Block: Baby Goats Dolly, June and Tammy, Now on View at Maymont Farm; Plus, Lambs Arrive in May

Richmond, Virginia – To celebrate spring, Maymont has welcomed three baby goats and will soon add a trio of lambs to the Maymont Farm. The public is invited to come meet the new kids, named Dolly, June and Tammy, who are visiting Maymont for a few months from their home in Hanover County. The three Tennessee Fainting goats were born this spring and are now fully weaned.

Two baby lambs, on loan from Love Ewe Farm in Montpelier, Va., charmed many of the over 10,000 guests at Dominion Energy Family Easter at Maymont on April 16. In early May, three young male lambs from Love Ewe Farm, along with their mother and a neutered adult male, also known as a wether, will permanently join the Maymont Farm family. They are Romney sheep, a breed that originated in Southeast England, prized for the quality of their wool.

The new kids on the block will be available to view daily at the Maymont Farm, frolicking, running, jumping, eating, sleeping and snuggling.

“I know I’m not the only Richmonder who looks forward each spring to the arrival of baby animals at Maymont Farm,” said Executive Director Parke Richeson. “We are delighted to bring this experience to the community. For many city residents, a visit to Maymont may include their first time seeing and interacting with a live sheep or goat.”

“Having baby animals at Maymont in the spring places animal life cycles into context with the seasons,” said Krista Weatherford, Director of Programming and Community Engagement. “Our environmental educators teach many life cycle programs in the spring. Seeing baby animals as well as adults gives students a deeper experience outside of our classroom-based programs at the Farm.”

Between the Farm animals, The Robins Nature Center and the rescued native wildlife that reside at Maymont after being deemed non-releasable, Maymont cares for over 400 animals representing over 85 different species. Anyone who would like to help feed and care for the new babies and the rest of the Maymont animal family is encouraged to donate to the Adopt an Animal program at maymont.org/adopt.

Free parking is available nearby at the Farm lot off Spottswood Road. Admission to Maymont is free, a suggested $5 donation is welcome. Maymont is open from 10 am to 7 pm from March to October.

Maymont is a well-preserved, historic 100-acre American estate overlooking the James River that was given to the public by James and Sallie Dooley, who lived there from 1893 to 1925. Today, Maymont is a welcoming community gathering place, with many unique experiences for all to enjoy, including the historic Maymont Mansion, The Robins Nature Center, an arboretum, formal gardens, and habitats for native Virginia wildlife and farm animals. Consistently ranked one of Central Virginia’s top attractions by travelers and locals alike, Maymont serves over 800,000 guests annually, with free admission to the grounds, plus guided and self-guided tours, seasonal events, programs and rental spaces. Since 1975, Maymont has been maintained and operated by the nonprofit Maymont Foundation, committed to creating programs and experiences that delight, educate and inspire its guests.

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