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.
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!
Goats have horizontal rectangular pupils.
Breed developed in South Africa
hot, dry semi-deserts
68–158 kg (150–350lbs)
brush, shrubs, broadleaf weeds
Humans and large carnivores
Gives birth to 1–3 calves