African Pygmy Goats

Capra hircus

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

Family

  • Bovidae

Lifespan

  • 10-15 years

Size

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

Range

  • 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

Diet

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

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Reproduction

  • 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.

Sources

  1. Agriculture.com Specialty Livestock: African Pygmy Goats (2010). Accessed January 2016. http://www.agriculture.com/livestock/speciality-livestock/pygmy-goat-profile_293-ar13324
  2. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  3. Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed January 2016. http://www.eol.org/pages/328660/details
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search