Tulip, Lucy and other four-legged residents of the Kids’ Farm at the National Zoo don't have to look for a new home, after all. The goats, cows, pigs and Giant Pizza Playground are staying put.
Zoo officials had said last winter that the barnyard exhibit would be closed because the zoo didn’t have the money to operate it anymore.
The news prompted parents and kids who love the barnyard, one of the most popular parts of the zoo for younger kids, to complain. A lot. They also held a fundraising drive and a rally at the petting zoo.
Yesterday, the zoo happily announced that the insurance company State Farm has donated $1.4 million to keep the Kids’ Farm open for five years. (Yes, it’s funny that the company that donated the money has “farm” in its name.)
The zoo will celebrate the good news with a special family day at the Kids’ Farm on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the event will include activities, animal demonstrations and gifts.