African Pygmy Goat Born at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce the birth of a male African pygmy goat. The goat was born on March 22, 2014, and weighs approximately 3 pounds. He was born to Dovy, one of the three goats on exhibit at the Zoo. This brings the number of pygmy goats at the Zoo to four. The baby goat will be on and off exhibit due to the nurturing habits of the mother goat.

“It is always exciting when we have animals born at the Zoo. Baby pygmy goats are very cute and will add a new experience to our Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo. We invite all our guests to visit the exhibit to see this latest edition to our Zoo family,” says Joe Montisano, Zoo CEO.

Pygmy goats originated in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa. They were imported into the United States from European zoos in the 1950s for use in zoos. They were eventually acquired by private breeders and quickly gained popularity as pets and exhibition animals due to their good-natured personalities, friendliness, and hardy constitution.

Today, they are a common sight as house pets and in petting zoos. The Pygmy is a small, compact, and muscular goat. Females, called does, weigh 53 to 75 pounds and males called bucks, weigh 60 to 86 pounds. Height ranges from 16 to 23 inches.

About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens -
The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit conservation resource providing experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn and act on behalf of wildlife. For more information regarding the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens visit or call 407.323.4450. The Zoo is located on I-4 Exit 104 in Sanford and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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