The Nature Zoo

The Nature Zoo

In Peruzzo there are lots of different kinds of animals living in the fenced fields. If you approach the fence cautiously and stop to observe them, perhaps offering something for them to eat, at first they will look at you waringly but slowly they will trust you and it will be an emotional experience.

You will meet Agostino and Ciro, the horses, but you won’t be able to ride them because for years they have enjoyed the freedom of running around the field and they wouldn't like to change now for a harder life.

Then there are the rare breads: the Amiata donkey called Birba (Mischief) because of her bad behaviour, who has a black stripe down her back and the maremman cows Giulia and Elisa who are strong and have long horns even if they are females. 

mucca_maremmanaOnce upon a time these animals were an active part of the work force on farms as seen in Giovanni Fattori’s paintings but nowadays they just look on grazing lazily on hay.

In other fields there are deer, muflon, fallow deer and Tina the goat, who is the only one left after many misadventures. They live in seperate herds, where the oldest dominating male is the boss.

The muflone, very similar to goats but smaller, have light coloured eyes with a dark slit irises and large curved antlers. The antlers of deer, fallow and roe deer fall off every year, just before the birth of the young and grow back in the summer with new branches.


And then lastly, in a large fenced enclosure between Serratina and Belvedere, there are the wild boar, who are the symbol of the Maremma and the mascots of Peruzzo, in addition to our fodder: take them your stale bread, fruit and potato peelings and anything you do not want to eat. 

They will reward you by running up to meet you and grunting loudly, enjoy it all.