Domestic Goats

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The Brandywine Zoo has two African Pygmy Goats, three  Nigerian Dwarf Goats, and two Angora Goats. 

Our African Pygmy Goats, Nike and Charleigh, are a brother and sister team, born on February 19, 2011 and acquired from a local farm. Nike has wattles, no beard but has a few long chin hairs and is the heavier of the two. While Charleigh has a thinner (sometimes forked) beard, a mostly gray coat and enjoys climbing on the platforms.

Our Nigerian Dwarf Goats are Brie, Monterey Jack aka “Monty” and “Colby Jack” aka “Colby“. Brie was born on March 18, 2009 and is mother to  Monty and Colby.They were acquired from Sweet Grace Farm on April 4, 2019. Brie has a tri-colored coat of black, brown and white. Monty has lighter ears compared to his brother, Colby, who has dark ears.

Our two Angora Goats, Spirit and Emma, although not related, were both acquired from Kid Hollow Farm, VA on June 7, 2019. Spirit was born on January 29, 2016 and has a tan curly coated. Emma, born on February 2, 2019, has a grey curly coat.

Fun Facts

It is believed that goats were domesticated from 10,000 to 7,000 years ago

Some goats have hair that grows between their hooves which gives added traction when climbing, even on smooth surfaces.

While calling a group of goats a “herd” is acceptable, the more proper names for a group of goats is a tribe or trip.

Female goats are referred to as does or nannies, intact males are called bucks or billies and juvenile goats of both sexes are called kids.

Nubians are the most popular breed in the United States and continue to outnumber all the currently recognized breeds.