Kids' Farm is home to Nigerian dwarf goats, Anglo-Nubian goats, and San Clemente Island goats.
DescriptionThe face is straight or slightly dished. The ears are alert and upright. The coat is straight with short to medium length hair. Dwarf goats come in many colors, with the main color families being black, brown, and gold.
Most animals are horned and a few bloodlines are polled. Newborn kids average about two pounds at birth, but grow quickly. The average adult weight is 75 pounds. Nigerian dwarfs live between 15 and 20 years.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy listed Nigerian dwarf goats as rare in 2000, but they are now in the "recovering" category, thanks to so many new breeders.
There are two Anglo-Nubian goats at Kids' Farm—one doe and one wether (castrated male). These goats are brother and sister and arrived from the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, Illinois. The Nubians are usually in their yard with the Nigerian dwarf goats but can occasionally be seen in an off-exhibit yard by the duck pond.
| Name: Lucky
Born:April 16, 2003
Color: Brown with white spots
Twins, triplets, or quadruplets are not uncommon. Nubians have an average lifespan of ten to 14 years, though some can live longer.
There are two San Clemente Island goats at Kids' Farm. Their mother, Jackie, came to the Zoo in April 2008, when she was pregnant. Her two kids, a male and a female, are named Mortimer and Marla. Mortimer has a white spot on the top of his head. Both kids have been dehorned. After they were weaned, Jackie was returned to her owner.
|Names: Mortimer and Marla
Born: The kids were born May 30, 2008
Color: Tan with dark markings
Like Ossabaw Island hogs, which be also seen at Kids' Farm, the small size of San Clemente Island goats can be attributed to the process of insular dwarfism.