There is one Nigerian Dwarf Goat at Spring River Zoo. His name is Sir Lancelot and he is three years old.
As the name implies, these are small goats with a short, straight coat in a wide variety of black, white, brown, red and gold color patterns.
Diet Herbivore, Bermuda hay, browse, some grain and produce.
Reproduction Females can be reproductive by 4 or 5 months of age, and males perhaps as young as 2 months. Bucks smell to tell if a doe is in estrus by the behavior known as “flehmen.” In this behavior, they extend their necks and heads into the air and curl up their upper lips.
Scientific Name: Capra hircus
Conservation Status: Domesticated
Body Length: 24 to 30 inches
Height is 16 to 20 inches
Weight: 40 to 60 pounds
Gestation: 145 to 153 days
Number of Young: 3 to 4
Habitat: Urban Area
Distribution: Western Africa
Did You Know?
Goats were among one of the very first domesticated animals and have been part of human life as companions and a source of hides and food for millennia. They can produce up to two quarts of milk each day. Their milk has 10 percent more protein and butterfat than is found in most dairy goats’ milk.