Nigerian Dwarf Goat

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There is one Nigerian Dwarf Goat at Spring River Zoo. His name is Sir Lancelot and he is three years old. 

Creature Features

Description

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.

Fun Facts

  • Scientific Name: Capra hircus
  • Conservation Status: Domesticated
  • Lifespan:10 years
  •  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.