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Domestic Goat Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Capra hircus
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Domesticated around the world

  • Status


  • Habitat

    Domestic environments-grasslands, fields and other pastures provided by keepers.

  • Niche

    Goats are closely related to their barnyard peers-sheep. There are more than three hundred breeds of goat. A multi-chambered stomach enables goats to digest tough plants. They are great foragers and will nibble on just about anything.

  • Life History

    Female goats are known as does or nannies. Males are bucks or billies. Offspring are kids, born with nubby horns and playful demeanors.

  • Special Adaptations

    One of the oldest domesticated species, goats have been raised for their milk, meat and skins for thousands of years.


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