Monday, May 2, 2011

Nigerian Dwarf Goats

Nigerian Dwarf goats are a miniature dairy breed of goats that originated in West Africa. While small in stature, these animals can produce a surprising amount of milk: their production ranges from one to 8 pounds of milk per day! The high butterfat content of their milk makes goat milk excellent for cheese and production of soap.

Nigerian goats are gentle and easily trainable. They are very friendly and can be easily trained to walk on a leash - some goats enjoy coming into the house with their owners. While they are very friendly, they are, by nature, a 'herd animal,' and thrive in the companionship of other goats.

Nigerian goats come in many colors which is another reason why they are so popular. The goats can be white, black, red. cream, black, gold and chocolate. They can also be pinto-patterned, tri-colored or Dalmatian-spotted.

Some goats have china-blue eyes but most of them have chocolate brown eye color.

There is no truth to the myth that goats have such a strong stomach that they can eat a tin can. Like all animals, Nigerian Dwarf goats can live a long life if care is taken with their health and that does not include eating tin cans.

They need exercise and fresh air and love to play and climb on anything which is why we provide an entire environment that keeps our goat herd happy and healthy.

Our goat area is one of the many highlights of the park and one we know you will enjoy and remember on your next visit to Wildwood Wildlife Park.


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