We need your support! The majority of animals living at Dalby Farm are rare farm breeds ranging from rare poultry to rare livestock. We have several rare breeds of both ducks and geese living at the farm. Currently they do not have a duck pond to swim in. We are actively involved in teaching and raising awareness about animals and nature so providing a pond for them to swim in would help to recreate their natural habitat. Operating an educational facility and providing stewardship for so many rare breeds is not an easy or inexpensive undertaking. As we do not receive any grants or financial assistance, all of our income is from our programs, events, donations and our Country Store, which go towards the cost of the care/upkeep of the animals. Your support is what keeps us going.
Your donations will help us carry out our mission which is to expose people to these amazing breeds and to teach them about their value in our world. Animals and nature have so much to offer and it is very important to remember that in nature, everything is intertwined. What affects one thing today will ultimately affect many other things, down the line. If people do not start to address this problem, it will be too late and once a species becomes extinct, it is lost forever
Some Food for Thought:
- According to the World Wildlife Federation there are fewer than 2500 Giant Pandas left in the wild. There are currently 80 livestock and poultry breeds with similar or fewer animals in their population. There are less than 350 Arapawa Island Goats that live in the entire world; six of which reside at Dalby Farm.
- About 20% of farm animal species are endangered, says the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and they estimate that one in five species of farm animal is in danger of extinction. In fact, 190 have perished in the last 15 years — about one breed a month. The globalization of livestock production is the “biggest single factor” impacting farm-animal biodiversity. Society is focusing heavily on creating specialized, super-productive livestock. A mere 14 species of animals provide 90% of the human food supply. The importance of maintaining animal genetic diversity and preserving these threatened breeds will allow future generations to select stocks or develop new breeds in order to cope with emerging issues, such as climate change and diseases.