Capra hircus Alpine Goat


  • Bovidae


  • 15-18 years
  • 20+ years not uncommon


  • Height at shoulder: Males- 34-40 inches. Females- At least 30 inches.
  • Weight: Males- At least 170 pounds. Females- At least 135 pounds


  • Alpine goats were bred in the European Alps mountain range, especially France
  • Because they are domesticated, alpine goats can be found most places there are humans.


  • Mountainous grasslands, shrub lands, and plateaus


  • In the wild: Grasses, herbs, lichens, and other plant matter
  • at the zoo: Mazuri goat chow and hay


  • Twins are typically born, single and triple births being the next common.goat a face 1
  • Gestation lasts about 150 days (about 4 ½ months).

Special adaptations

  • Goats have horizontal slit pupils which increase their peripheral depth perception
  • Alpines have excellent balance, which aid them in climbing along their rocky native lands
  • Goats are able to climb nearly vertical cliff faces
  • Alpines are one of the hardiest and easily adaptable breeds, making them a favorite among goat breeders

Interesting facts

  • Goats are thought to be one of the first animals domesticated by man, some 9,000 years ago.
  • The alpine breed are excellent milk-producing goats
  • Their playful nature can be seen as Bandit and Buttons, our 2 Alpine goats, chase each other around their yard and butt heads – a common form of play and dominance displayed in goats
  • The Alpine breed has no determined color and can be found in white, bay, brown, fawn, red, saffron, and caramel.
  • Males typically have a pronounced beard as well as a patch of raised hair along their neck.
  • Goats are highly curious and easily trainable.
  • Males and females of this breed can produce horns.

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix III
  • IUCN –Not Evaluated


  1. Animal Diversity Web. 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.

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