AFRICAN PYGMY GOAT (capra hircus)
Habitat: African livestock animal.
Height / Weight: Males: 16 to 23 inches / 60 to 80 pounds
Females: 16 to 23 feet / 50 to 70 pounds
Gestation: 14 1/2 to 15 months
Diet: Primary diet consists of browser/grazer grasses, shoots buds, greens, grains and oats.
Pygmy goats originated in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa and were imported into the U.S. in the 1950’s. They are hardy in all climates, can reproduce year round and give birth to 1-4 kids. Both sexes have horns. Pygmy goats can be milked and their milk is higher in potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron and lower in sodium than other goat breeds. They are often used as companion animals for other livestock and are frequently found in horse breeding facilities and racetracks.