Female goats are called ‘does’. Male goats are called ‘bucks’. Young goats are called ‘kids.
Goats are bovines, members of the family bovidae which includes deer, cows, sheep and antelope.
The domestic goat has cloven hooves, a long beard on its chin, a short and upward-turned tail and horns that grow upward from the head instead of twisting to the sides like those of sheep. Their hair is straight with a woolly undercoat during winter.
A goats size is approximately 70 – 120 centimetres (28 – 48 inches) in height.
Goats weigh 45 – 54 kilograms (100 – 120 pounds).
Goats reach sexual maturity at 4 – 18 months.
A female goats gestation period lasts approximately 150 days; usually resulting in 1 – 3 offspring.
The life span of a goat is about 15 years.
The age of a goat can be determined by its teeth.
A goat can jump 5 feet high.
Goats are ruminants which means they chew cud like cows and sheep.
Most goats live in herds of about 5 – 20 members.
Goats are generally milked using milking machines like the ones used to milk cows.
The most common domestic breeds are the Angora, Cashmere, French-Alpine, Nubian, Saanen and Toggenburg.
Goat habitats are varied and include mountain steppe, grasslands, and desert. Goats can thrive just about anywhere except the Antarctica which is too cold.
Goats are browsing animals – their diet Includes fresh or dried grasses, foliage of trees, shrubs, bushes, and various other plants. If permitted to graze an area, they will almost strip the land completely causing irreversible damage.
Goats were the first animal to be domesticated, according to many historians.
The goat is among the cleanest of animals, and is a much more selective feeder than cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and even dogs. Goats do eat many different species of plants, but do not want to eat food that has been contaminated or that has been on the floor or the ground.
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The sanctuary rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals, especially primates, such as chimpanzees, gibbons, baboons, spider monkeys, vervets, capuchins, tamarins, macaques and marmosets.
Although we specialise in the care and protection of primates we cannot stand by and see other animals in need of help. You will therefore find meerkats, wolf dogs, horses, donkeys, pigs and others at our sanctuary. All are equally important members of our extended family.