African Pygmy Goat

African Pygmy Goat at Wingham Wildlife Park

African Pygmy Goat Natural History

Size.

The height of the African pygmy goat breed varies from 16 inches to 23 inches, with females often being slightly smaller than males.

Habitat and Distribution.

This is a domesticated goat breed which does not have a natural range, however their origin stems from the Cameroon Valley of West Africa.

Age.

The African pygmy goat generally has a life span of between 10 and 15 years.

Threats

This goat species does not face any specific threats in the wild and has no IUCN rating as it is a domesticated breed which cannot be found in the wild.

Diet.

This is a grazing animal which uses grass and other ground plants to make up the majority of its diet, however it must also include dried foods such as hay and a variety of seeds and grains.

Groups and Breeding.

African pygmy goats can be encouraged to breed all year round however will generally only give birth to a single young, however it is not uncommon for more young to be born from a single female.

The Goats During Your Day Out in Kent

At Wingham Wildlife Park we have a small African pygmy goat group which lives in an enclosure with deer, a miniature donkey and Bennett’s wallabies.  This enclosure allows visitors to get really close to a naturally friendly species which you can stroke and hand feed using food available to buy at the park.  Their diet at our park is mainly made up of fresh vegetables, hay and specially formulated dry biscuits.

Often during the spring time the females at our park can look like they are very overweight, however they are usually pregnant, and carry their young (which for us is often twins) in a very awkward looking position, making them appear very over weight.