Twycross Zoo Goat

Domestic Goat

Goats were first domesticated in the Middle East around 10,500 years ago from the wild goat (Capra aegagrus). They are short and stocky and can appear in a variety of different colours. The goat is a hardy animal, and easy to care for. As small animals they need less space than other hoofed animals; a stable at least 2x2m and access to a paddock are all that is required. Fresh water and a salt lick must be accessible at all times.

Goat chewing - November 2022

Goats become sexually mature at an early age. Females can breed from the age of twelve months, although most breeders will wait until they are 18 months. This is because a pregnancy at a very young age can damage the mother’s growth. Males are sexually mature at 5 months so separating male kids from their mother at this time is important. Kids are born well developed and can be separated from their mother as early as four days old.

3 goats - November 2022

The diet of the domestic goat mimics that of their wild goat ancestor. Good quality hay replaces most of the grass and leafy branches (browse) need to be provided. Ideally, the goat will have access to a grass paddock too.

The wild goat is threatened in the wild across their range and have disappeared from a number of areas. The main threats are hunting for skins and meat, habitat destruction and competition with livestock.

Key Facts:


Conservation Status: Not Evaluated

Distribution: Turkey

Habitat: Mountains, Scrublands

Diet: Grasses, Leaves

Height: 26 – 107cm

Weight: 9 – 113kg

Gestation: 150 days

No. of young: 1 – 3

Life Span: 15 – 20 years

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