Boer Goat

Capra hircus

Meet Jess

Barnyard Buddies Children's Zoo is home Jess, our resident Boer goat.

About the Species

Boer goats are a large, muscled goat.

Boer goats can weigh between 150-350 pounds. They have short coats, mainly white with brown or red heads. They have horns and long ears. Around their shoulders, they have loose rolls of skin. Goats are kept and bred to be used for their milk, fiber, or as a source of meat. The Boer goat is mainly bred in South Africa.

Words From the Experts

Quotes

Jess is our boer goat that lives in Barnyard Buddies here at the Zoo. This breed of goat originates from South Africa. In Dutch, the term "Boer" means "farmer". She love scratches on the back so give them some attention the next time you are at the Zoo!

Brittany

Did You Know?

Goats have horizontal rectangular pupils.

Facts

Origin

Breed developed in South Africa

Habitat

hot, dry semi-deserts

Size

68–158 kg (150–350lbs)

Diet

brush, shrubs, broadleaf weeds

Predators

Humans and large carnivores

Natural Defenses

Horns

Reproduction

Gives birth to 1–3 calves

Status

Not Listed

Life Expectancy

15–20 years

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