Kingdom: Animals
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Species: 140

 

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Range: Africa, South Asia
Habitat: Domesticated, does well in dry climates
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Scientific Name: Bos taurus indicus dwarf

There are 75 breeds of zebus in Africa and South China. They are well suited for tropical environments. Zebus have humps on their shoulders, dewlaps under their chins, and droopy ears. The male and female dwarf zebus at Scovill Zoo can be found in the petting zoo.

 

African Pygmy Goat
Range: Origin – West Africa
Habitat: Domesticated
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Scientific Name: Capra hircus

African pygmy goats are in our petting zoo area. They are the smaller goats running around with the kids (human and goats). When having young, goats often have twins; once in a while they have triplets. Goats, in general, are used for their milk, their meat, and their hides. When humans are allergic to cow milk, goat’s milk is an alternative. The goat milk also makes a very distinctive flavored cheese.