Characteristics: The domestic goat is a subspecies of goat domesticated from the wild goat of southwest Asia and Eastern Europe. There are over 300 breeds of goat. Goats are ruminants which means they have a four-chambered stomach consisting of the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum.
Lifespan: 15-18 years
Diet: Goats are particular in what they consume, preferring to browse on the tips of woody shrubs and trees, as well as the occasional broad-leaved plant. Goats prefer to browse on vines, shrubbery, and weeds, more like deer than sheep, preferring them to grasses.
Behavior: Goats are extremely curious and intelligent. They are also very coordinated and widely known for their ability to climb and hold their balance in the most precarious places. This makes them the only ruminant able to climb trees.
Goats are inquisitive and intelligent and will explore anything new or unfamiliar. They do so with upper lip and tongue.
Keeper Notes: Brae and Cloudy are Nubian goats. They have long, floppy ears and a large nose. Both Brae and Cloudy are black with brown and white markings. Brae is the largest goat in the yard. Dauli is our French Alpine goat. She is light tan in color.