African Pygmy Goat

Name

African Pygmy Goat

Scientific Name

Capra aegagrus hircus

Characteristics

African pygmy goats are a small domestic breed of goat. They are social animals and live in herds. Like other goats they are great climbers and love to jump on rocks and logs. These goats are mainly black, white, grey and brown in colour. Both sexes have horns but only the males have beards. Pygymy Goats are also very smart and curious. 

Diet

African pygmy goats are herbivores eating a diet of leaves, plants, grass as well as fruits and vegetables.

Size Fact

The African pygmy goat can be up to 55 centimetres long and around 16 to 23 inches tall. A male goat weighs about 27-39kg and females weigh around 24-34kg. 

Food Fact

These Goats can produce a huge amount of milk, compared to their body size. One doe can produce about 4 lbs of milk daily, during their lactation period. 

Fun Fact

Male African pygmy goats are called billys, females are called nannys and babies are called kids. 

IUCN Red list

The IUCN does not consider the African pygmy goat to be threatened yet.

Where do I live?

African pygmy goats originate from Cameroon in West Africa.

Our animals

You can find the Pygmy Goats in our Africa section of the zoo, surrounded by the Giraffe and Zebra.

 

 

 

 

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