Capra hircus Nubians1


  • Bovidae

Common Names

  • Nubian Goats


  • Height at shoulder: Males- 35" Females- 30"
  • Weight: Males- 175lbs Females- 135lbs


  • Because they are able to produce milk year round, and because they are well adapted to hot climates, Nubians are popular in tropical regions


  • In the wild: Wild grasses
  • At the zoo: Timothy/alfalfa hay daily with grain, treats, and fresh produce as enrichment or reward.

Special adaptations

  • Nubians have a longer breeding season; as a result, they can produce milk year round

Interesting facts

  • Nubian goats were hybridized in England of Asian, African, and European origin goats
  • The name comes from the region of Africa where the African goats of the lineage were imported from.

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Not Evaluated


  1. American Dairy Goat Association Breed Standards. Accessed January 28, 2016.
  2. Anglo-Nubian Goat Society Breed Standards. Accessed January 28, 2016.
  3. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016.
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016.
  5. Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science, Breeds of Livestock Database. Accessed March 26, 2016.

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