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Ashli Mazer
Director of Marketing and PR

Mindy Bianca
Public Relations Representative
212-724-7783, ext. 2

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Welcomes Several New Additions to Its Wildlife Academy

FARMINGTON, PA (April 13, 2017) – Just in time for Easter, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is proud to announce that its new herd of Icelandic sheep has produced four lambs since the beginning of the month. The new additions haven’t yet been named, as the resort staff still needs to determine their genders, but among the quartet there’s one set of twins. All the little ones are healthy and active and, of course, full of curiosity and energy.

The lambs and the entire flock of Icelandic sheep – 40 in total – will move to Shepherd’s Rock, the resort’s new golf course, in June, just a few weeks before the 18-hole course’s grand opening in July. Resort owner Maggie Hardy Magerko named the course in honor of her father and Nemacolin’s founder, Joe Hardy, saying that he’s the site’s shepherd, looking after guests, associates and all aspects of the 2,000-acre property in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Magerko liked the bold look of Icelandic sheep, and the herd was brought to the resort this month to be the region’s most fascinating and charming groundskeepers. Until they move to the golf course, the lambs can be seen by request.

The lambs aren’t the only babies to appear at Nemacolin in recent weeks. A month ago, nine pygmy goat kids arrived on the scene, five females and four males. They’ll eventually move to the resort’s Billy Goat Mountain, but right now all the kids can be visited as part of the resort’s popular Nursery Tour.

Finally, a donkey foal named Donald was born to parents Sparkles and Murphy, who are long-time Nemacolin residents. Donald arrived last week and will eventually move to Billy Goat Mountain. For now, though, he can also be visited at the nursery, where he’s already bonding with the goat kids.

All of these animals are now part of the resort’s Wildlife Academy, which was established 11 years ago with a mission of providing memorable and educational experiences for guests of all ages. Though there are more than 70 activities on property, the Wildlife Academy is among the most popular aspects of the resort, with an estimated 75 percent of guests participating in one or more of the its programs during their visits.

Resort guests can participate in a staff-guided or self-guided tour of the animal nursery at Nemacolin’s Wildlife Adventure. In addition to hooved stock, the nursery is home to an alligator, badger, capuchin monkey, fennec foxes, kinkajous, porcupine, ring-tailed lemur, sloth and tortoise. Each Saturday visitors can create toys, treats and puzzles for the nursery residents, then watch and learn as the animals play with the items as part of their overall enrichment program.

All visitors to the resort – whether or not they’re staying overnight – can take a walk through Nemacolin’s animal habitat at their own pace and at no charge, and resort guests can participate in “Louie’s African Train Ride,” a 45-minute, family-focused tour of the habitats. On this tour, guests see bison, hyena, lions, red sheep, tigers and zebras. Visitors who want an even more focused and educational visit with these animals can opt for an interactive “Safari Tour” on which small groups spend 90 minutes getting more in-depth and up-close time with the resort’s most exotic residents.

Nemacolin’s commitment to the welfare of the animals in its care is a top priority. The resort’s animal programs are all monitored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Nemacolin’s fully trained zookeeper staff believes in providing loving and knowledgeable care to all the animals on property. In addition, a veterinarian who specializes in exotic animals works closely with the resort staff to ensure the continued good health and safety of its animal residents.


Nemacolin is one of North America's premier luxury resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Nemacolin features 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes. The resort offers championship golf, including the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock golf course. In July 2017, the property will open Shepherd’s Rock, its second Dye-designed signature course. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Shooting Academy; Wildlife Academy that features everything from safari tours to dog sledding; Adventure Center, complete with zip lines and climbing wall; and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy. Guests can test their luck at our Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. Nemacolin also boasts an internationally acclaimed spa collection and 15 restaurants and lounges, including Lautrec, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant experience. For meetings and events, Nemacolin's 32,000 square feet of conference space includes three ballrooms, a lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.


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