Boer Goat

Capra hircus boer

The Boer goat is a breed of meat goat from South Africa. It was bred from indigenous South African goats and some European and Indian breeds. Boer goats are known for their distinctive appearance, with white bodies and brown heads. They are also known for being docile, having high fertility rates, and being fast-growing.

Boer goats are well adapted to harsh environments and can graze on a variety of plants. They are popular meat goats and are raised all over the world. They can also be used for vegetation management. Boer goats can breed year-round and have multiple births. They are often crossed with other goat breeds to improve meat quality.

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Our Current Residents

Fernando, Male - Born 2021

Alejandro, Male - Born 2021

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