Spring River Zoo has two Boer Goats that are both three years old, Rolls and Royce.
Description The boer goat is commonly a goat with a white body with a brown head and ears. Their ears are long, similar in appearance to Nubian goat ears.
Diet Boer goats are herbivores and are browsers by nature, preferring brush, shrubs and broadleaf weeds rather than grass.
Facts Goats have horizontal rectangular pupils. Can breed throughout the year. There are three types of domestic goats – those used for dairy, meat and fiber, and more than 200 recognized domestic breeds.
- Scientific Name: Capra hircus
- Conservation Status: Domesticated
- Lifespan: 8 to 12 years
- Body Length: 42 inches in height
- Weight: Does– 190 to 230 pounds Bucks- 200 to 340 pounds
- Gestation:145 to 155 days
- Number of Young: 2 kids, sometimes triplets
- Habitat: Well adapted for hot, dry semi-deserts
- Distribution: Boer goats were developed in South Africa in the 1900s from a cross of indigenous goats and Indian or European goats and are bred mainly for meat production. They can be found in South Africa and the United States.
Did You Know?
Goats discovered coffee! Legend has it the Kaldi, a 9th century Ethiopian goat herder, noticed his goats were acting strange– they were full of energy and “dancing” for some unknown reason. He discovered they were eating the berries of the coffee plant and he couldn’t resist trying them himself.