Dwarf Goat

Capra hircus

Habitat and Geographical Distribution: Originating in the Middle East, goats prefer rocky mountains in temperate zones. Their hooves are highly developed for this type of terrain. Their coat together with highly developed lungs, allow goats to survive in places where few predators venture.

Diet: Intermediate feeders, that is, they can feed on shrubs and berries as well as on pastures.

Reproduction: Reproduction is seasonal, meaning it has a defined period. It varies depending on the latitude, climate, breed, physiological conditions and presence of a male. Gestation lasts on average 150 days. They usually have 1 offspring but the birth of 2 is common. Sexual maturity is reached at 7-8 months by females and , 18 months by males.

Behaviour: Very playful and curious. Very agile and able to climb trees and shrubs. Usually move in a herd, that is regulated by a dominant male.

Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)


Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Bovidae

Length: 40 – 50 cm at shoulders

Lifespan: 15-18 years

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