pygmygoatOrigin- Pygmy goats originated in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa. They were imported into the United States from European zoos in the 1950s for use in zoos as well as research animals.

Family– Bovidae

Diet– Goats are herbivores. Their main diet consists of grass and they are supplemented hay and meal in winter.

Description-Females, called does, weigh 24 to 34 kg (53 to 75 lb) and males, called bucks, weigh 27 to 39 kg (60 to 86 lb).  The colour and pattern of their coats vary significantly, and can be categorized into caramel patterned, agouti patterned and black patterned. Within these categories, there are caramel with black markings, caramel with brown markings, brown agouti, grey agouti, black agouti, black with white markings, and solid black.

Gestation– Pygmy goats can have one to four young every nine to 12 months after a five-month gestation period. Newborn kids will nurse almost immediately, begin eating grain and roughage within a week, and are weaned by ten weeks of age.