Domestic goat in exhibit

Domestic Goat

Scientific Name

Capra hircus

Class

Mammalia

Order

Artiodactyla

Range

Domesticated around the world

Habitat

n/a

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Domestic goat in exhibit

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Physical Description

Goats range in size and coloration—black, white, brown, red, and spotted—across more than 300 different breeds. Only La Mancha, Oberhasli, and Alpine breeds live at Lincoln Park Zoo. Goats are closely related to naother barnyard animal: sheep. These domesticated animals are great foragers and will nibble on anything they come across. Females are known as does or nannies; males are called bucks or billies. Offspring are called kids and are born with nubby horns and playful demeanors.

Interesting Fact 1

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

Interesting Fact 2

A multi-chambered, continuously digesting stomach enables goats to break down tough plants for nutrients and fiber.

Interesting Fact 3

Their eyes have uniquely rectangular pupils with varying eye colors.

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