African Pygmy Goats

Capra hircus

Meet The Pygmy Goats
Flash Fraser
Flash Fraser
Conservation Status
CITES –Appendix III
IUCN –Not Evaluated


  • Bovidae


  • 10-15 years


  • Height at shoulder: Male 17-22 inches Female 17-21 inches
  • Weight: About 35 pounds


  • This breed originated in the Cameroon valley of Africa, where it was first domesticated
  • Because they are domesticated, pygmy goats can be found most places there are humans


  • Ruminants
  • In the wild: Grasses, herbs, lichens, and other plant matter
  • At the zoo: Mazuri goat chow, timothy/alfalfa hay, and grain



  • Twins are typically born, single and triple births being the next common
  • Gestation lasts about 150 days

Special adaptations

  • Pygmy goats are much shorter in stature than other domestic goats
  • Females produce a formidable amount of milk for their size
  • Goats, as well as most ruminants, have horizontal pupils!
  • Those things on Fraser's neck are called wattles. Similar to a chicken's wattle, goats and pigs are the only mammals that can develop them.


  1. Specialty Livestock: African Pygmy Goats (2010). Accessed January 2016.
  2. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016.
  3. Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed January 2016.
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016.