Pygmy Goat

Our Pygmy Goat, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Pygmy Goat (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Pygmy Goat Facts
Pygmy Goat
Capra hircus

Type
Mammal
Life Span
10-18 years
Size
15-17 inches
Average Weight
35-75 lbs
Group Name
Herd
Group Size
Varies
Name of Young
Kid

Our Pygmy Goat, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Pygmy goats are a small breed of domestic goat. Both males and females have horns, although males’ horns are longer and thicker.
  • They were first domesticated in West Africa and were brought to the United States in the 1950’s and are now found worldwide. Goats are kept as pets and for meat and dairy.
  • Goats are intelligent and social. They are very popular as pets and in zoos due to their playful personalities.
  • Both male and female goats have scent glands on the crown of their head. However, it is only the males that produce a strong musky odor. This is used to attract females.
  • Goats are ruminants. Ruminants have stomachs with four compartments which help them digest plant matter.

Did You Know?

Pygmy goats are agile jumpers and climbers. They have hair that grows between their cloven hooves which gives them excellent traction. Goats can also stand on their hind legs to reach branches while feeding.