Animals at Trauttmansdorff
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle animals represent an extra pleasure for the whole family. The Trauttmansdorff animals have found the gardens to be a wonderful home.
Exotic and local animals
A tour through the Gardens brings you into contact with rainbow lorikeets, macaws, Hungarian racka sheep, mountain goats, alpacas and guinea pigs.
In the back area of the Glass House you’ll find the Terrarium, where industrious leafcutter ants, shy lizards, dazzling rose chafers and bizarre stick insects are displayed. Like walking leaves, the appearance of stick insects mimics parts of plants found in their environment, such as bark, twigs or leaves, camouflaging them from predators. At Trauttmansdorff too, these masters of camouflage can be seen only upon closer inspection.
Trauttmansdorff’s Aviary is quite large, with an area of 80 square meters and a height of 10 metres, and is situated at one of the highest points of the Gardens.
Visitors to Trauttmansdorff can get up-close and personal with Aesculapian snakes, bred by the Innsbruck Alpenzoo, in a naturally landscaped habitat near Desert Hill.
The Racka sheep (Ovis aries strepsiceros Hungaricus) is an ancient Hungarian breed. A characteristic feature of the Racka sheep is its V-shaped horns, which protrude straight out of the head in two spirals, each one similar to a corkscrew.
With their friendly disposition and cute feathered crest, these dwarf silkies are absolutely adorable. Their plumage is as soft as silk, and their feathers downy and fluffy.
The robust animals are perfectly adapted to the steep terrain: they have a stocky torso, broad hooves and strong, short limbs.