Domestic animal. Orginially from the himalayas, then transplanted to persia.
Typically scrubland, but does well in most habitats.
Horns are borne by the males; may be present or absent in the females. Those of the females have horns that are smaller than the male's which curve backward in scimitar form. The male goat has a strong odor. On both sexes the chin is bearded and the eye has a horizontal pupil.
The goat is gregarious, colonial, a good jumper; chews its cud.
The domestic goat is sexually mature from 4 to 18 months. Mating can occur at any time of the year. Gestation is approximately 150 days. Usually twins are born but sometimes the female gives birth to 1, 3 or 4 offspring. When 3 or 4 are born at once the weakest one or two may not survive.
Capra hircus is the genus species for all domestic goats now found worldwide. The domestic goat readily goes wild, flourishes and breeds, so fulfilling the strict meaning of "feral". Probably the goat was the earliest domesticated ruminant, originally derived from the wild goat of Western Asia. Though these goats are a source of mohair and not dairy, some goats are often kept for meat or milk. They may have been kept as dairy animals long before cattle. The doe can produce up to 15 pints a day but usually less. Goat's milk is easier to digest than cow's, having smaller fat globules. Fine cheeses are also made from their milk.
|Wild Diet:||A browser. Eats grasses, fresh or dried; foliage of trees, shrubs, bushes; various plants. Almost anything. If permitted to graze an area, they will almost denude it causing great and irreversible damage to the habitat.|
|Zoo Diet:||Grass hay and occasional browse with salt blocks provided.|
|USFWS Status:||Not Listed|
|CITES Status:||Not Listed|
|Where at the Zoo?||Discoveryland: Desert Canyon|