Nigerian Dwarf Goat

Capra aegagrus hircus

The Nigerian dwarf is a miniature goat from West Africa. It has been domesticated as a dairy goat and can be found throughout the world.

Goats do require grass for grazing, but can thrive in areas of thin growth that would not support other grazers such as sheep or cows.

Males have a beard, horns, and are generally larger than the females. The horns are hollow, sometimes growing in the shape of a corkscrew. The hair is generally straight, however some breeds have a wool undercoat. Coat color varies, and can be black, white, red, and brown.

Feral groups are found usually in rugged mountain country, rocky crags, and alpine meadows.

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Our Current Residents

Victor, Male - Born 2013

Percy, Male - Born 2013

Both goats were donated to ZooMontana from a local breeder. They love their treats and eagerly await guests.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Artiodactyla
  • Family: Bovidae
  • Genus: Capra
  • Species: Capra hircus

Animal Facts

  • Herbivore
  • Common
  • Desert, Forest, Grasslands, and Mountains

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