When you sponsor an animal, you become part of a family of people who have the satisfaction of giving special support to the inhabitants of the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center. The costs for daily care and maintenance (including food, veterinary care, shelter, grooming, etc.) consume a large part of the farm’s annual budget. Your animal sponsorship helps with expenses incurred by the more than 200 animals, birds of prey and injured wildlife residing at the farm.
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Sponsor an Owl
The barn owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl and one of the most widespread of all birds. It is also referred to as the common barn owl, to distinguish it from other species in its family, Tytonidae, which forms one of the two main lineages of living owls. Tyto alba literally means "white owl". The barn owl is found almost everywhere in the world except polar and desert regions. In most regions, the barn owl is nocturnal, but in Britain and some Pacific islands, it also hunts by day. Barn owls specialize in hunting animals on the ground and nearly all of their food consists of small mammals which they locate by sound. They mate for life, which is rare in the animal kingdom. Sponsor an Owl
Sponsor a Pig
This is little Wilbur. Guess who Wilbur was named after? That’s right, the pig in “Charlotte’s Web!” A young teen purchased him from a farm that raises pigs for food in order to save him from such a fate. Wilbur was given to Green Chimneys where he will be loved and cared for the duration of his fat, fun-filled pig life. He could live to be thirteen! This little piggy certainly won’t squeal all the way home, he is home.
Goats are the gymnasts of the barnyard and Vanilla is a great climber. Descended from wild mountain goats, all domestic goats love to jump on rocks even at just a few days old. Vanilla is a mixed-breed goat that was donated for the children. It’s not true that goats eat garbage and tin cans - they actually prefer leaves, branches and tree bark, and Vanilla lives on fresh hay and grain. Vanilla is a shy goat who came to Green Chimneys at just a little over one year old. She joined a stall with a pig and another goat but when it was time to introduce her into the goat herd, she just didn't seem happy. She had built a strong connection with her first pig roommate so she moved in with Wilbur, a new pig resident, and the two became quite bonded. Vanilla reminds the children that you don't need to be alike to be friends. Sponsor a Goat
Sponsor a Camel
Phoenix and Sage joined the Farm & Wildlife Center in May of 2012 as a gift from the Sacred Camel Gardens in California. They have become Goodwill Ambassadors of Green Chimneys and help us to model our philosophy of involving children with animals and showing others that we care about all living beings. Born in 2010, Phoenix and Sage began their lives in the spiritual setting of Sacred Camel Gardens. Phoenix got his name because he was born the same day a large building burnt to the ground. Sage got his name because his mom gave birth to him on a bed of naturally growing sage. Phoenix (cream-colored) is a very self-assured but quiet and thoughtful camel, while Sage (brown) is more enthusiastic, gregarious and outgoing. The camels spent their first year at Green Chimneys adjusting to their caretakers and a more public life as their individual personalities emerged. Sage likes to be the center of attention and enjoys goofing around with the staff and children. He depends on Phoenix to maintain his confidence and looks to him for approval when learning new things. Phoenix behaves like an older, wiser brother and is the thinker of the two. Green Chimneys students now have opportunities to expand their skills in animal care by helping to care for the camels, and an afterschool “Camel Club” allows students to take part in grooming, and learn about camel anatomy and behaviors. Sponsor a Camel
Sponsor a Bird
Peacocks were the royal birds of Maharajas in India for centuries. Their beauty and impressive tail feathers make them an eye-catching addition to any landscape. At Green Chimneys, peacocks have roamed the campus freely for many years and the birds are a familiar and calming sight to students, staff and visitors. In late summer, the males shed their long tail feathers, an event eagerly anticipated by students who collect the feathers to decorate their dormitory rooms. Sponsor a Bird
Sponsor a Horse
Unar and Alta arrived at Green Chimneys in 2007. They were originally brought to our farm for their ability to drive a cart as a team. They have since learned to be ridden and now participate in our riding and driving programs. Unar and Alta are not related but they often act like siblings. This pair demonstrates a great bond and enjoys working together as a team pulling the wagon. Sponsor a Horse
Sponsor a Sheep
These Katahdin sheep twins were orphaned at birth and came to Green Chimneys during the chilliest part of winter. The children and farm staff carefully nurtured the babies following a strict schedule of bottle feeding, even into the night. Measuring formula to feed baby lambs helps teach children math and measurements, and is very important because baby lambs can get very sick if they are fed too much. The pair grew healthy and strong and is very popular with the children. Katahdin sheep shed their winter coat, so they do not need to be sheared!
Dandelion came to Green Chimneys after being abandoned by her former owner at a veterinary clinic in Pennsylvania. Initially, we were told that Dandelion was a boy, but we soon discovered that she is female! While her story has a happy ending, it serves as a reminder that caring for any animal is a lifelong commitment. The Lionhead Rabbit is a relatively new breed that first appeared in Belgium. Its origins began with the crossbreeding of two other rabbit breeds, the Swiss fox and the Belgian dwarf. A genetic mutation led to the breed’s unique mane of fur, and they were indeed named because of their likeness to actual lions! These adorable rabbits reach an adult weight of about 4 pounds, and are favored for their gentle, inquisitive personalities. Sponsor a Rabbit
Sponsor a Cow
Did you know Green Chimneys was originally a Jersey cow farm? Paddy is a living reminder of our roots! Born on St. Patrick’s Day, this Jersey cow initially came to Green Chimneys for training but quickly and effortlessly became a wonderful addition to the farm. Paddy’s gentle nature enables children to groom and walk him. Paddy’s journey reminds us that sometimes life takes unexpected paths and presents us with new opportunities. We’re thankful Paddy’s path led him to Green Chimneys! Sponsor a Cow
Sponsor a Llama
Java the llama was donated to Green Chimneys a number of years ago. Along with his friend, Lily, Java helps to protect the sheep out in the pasture and is very entertaining in his own way. He has learned to kiss people on command, pull a cart, carry a pouch with supplies, enter buildings and ride elevators. Sponsor a Llama
A Gift for Yourself or for Someone Special
Your animal sponsorship will benefit the life of your chosen friend for one full year, or you may choose ongoing sponsorship to support an animal’s continuous care. We will send you or your gift recipient a certificate of sponsorship with a photo of the animal and his or her story.
All animal sponsorships are valid for one year
Like all living creatures, our animals may become ill, pass away, be temporarily moved off grounds or be transferred to another facility. If your animal leaves for any reason, your gift will be transferred to another animal for the duration of the sponsorship year.
No ownership rights are conferred by this transaction.
Visiting times: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On behalf of our farm and wildlife residents, and the children of Green Chimneys, thank you for your support!
This turkey vulture made a surprising entrance into the world after a local resident’s dog presented her with an usually large egg. The woman planned to bring it to Green Chimneys as soon as she was able but nature had other plans, and the egg hatched! She kept the hatchling on a heating blanket and brought it to the Wildlife Center the very next day. Staff cared for the new bird by keeping it warm and closely monitoring its food intake and weight, until the vulture showed signs of healthy growth.