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African pygmy goat

Capra aegagrus hircus

African pygmy goats

African pygmy goats are a small domestic breed of goat that is very outgoing and social. This breed originates from Western Africa, in the Cameroon Valley.

Pygmy goats are great climbers and love to jump on rocks and logs. Despite their small size, they can produce large amounts of milk. However, they are not raised for meat or milk and are generally kept as pets.

African pygmy goats are social animals and live in herds. Male African pygmy goats are called billys, females are called nannys and babies are called kids. These goats are mainly black, white, grey and brown in colour and both sexes have horns but only the billy has a beard.

You can check out our African Pygmy goats located in our farm.

Animal class


Diet - Herbivore
African pygmy goats prefer to browse on leaves and plants rather than graze on grass. On occasion, they will eat fruits, vegetables and hay.

The African pygmy goat can be up to 55 centimetres long and can weigh up to 32 kilograms.

African pygmy goats originate from Cameroon in West Africa.

Conservation status
The IUCN does not consider the African pygmy goat to be threatened yet.

This a commonly kept domestic breed and not currently under threat.

Current population
It is unknown how many there around the world but they are a popular domestic breed.

Zoo population
There are 1150 African pygmy goats in zoos around the world.