Goat

Capra aegagrus hircus Persian: Boz

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Distribution:

All over the world

Habitat:

Wild goats are found in mountains; domestic goats can thrive in all habitats

Diet:

Pretty much all plant matter

Gestation:

150 days. 1 to 3 kids.

Longevity:

15-18 years

Predators:

Domestic dogs, wild canines and other large carnivores. Humans.

Conservation Status:

Common

General:

Goats are among the earliest animals domesticated by humans. The most recent genetic analysis confirms the archaeological evidence that the wild Bezoar ibex of the Zagros Mountails is the likely original ancestor of probably all domestic goats today. They have been domesticated since Neolithic times.

Goats are naturally curious, agile and well known for being able to climb and balance in precarious places. They are independent compared to sheep and will spread out and graze as individuals when in groups. They will also communicate with humans at the same level as domestic dogs and cats. They are valued for their milk, meat and hides around the world.

At Hamilton Zoo:

We have four female goats and two male. The twins, Queenie and Newt were born late 2018. Our goats are friends and love people. Lacy, in particular, loves scratches behind her ears.

Birthdate:

Females:
Lola (3 Aug 2016)
Lacy (4 Aug 2016)
Bonnie (4 Aug 2016)
Queenie (30 Sept 2018)

Males:
Newt (30 Sept 2018)
Peanut (14 Oct 2018)