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
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.
Our Nubian goats can be found in the petting area. They learn very quickly that to be fed, you have to be first in line. You will see our goats jockeying for position as soon as you start to put your quarter in the goat food machine. Feel free to pet the goats, but do not pick them up, as it could make them (or their moms) a bit angry. The Nubian descends from dairy goats that lived in the Middle East and Northern Africa. It was bred in Great Britain with native milking stock to become the breed it is today. The British call the breed Anglo-Nubians, although it is referred to only as “Nubian” in the U.S. The goats are known for milk with high butterfat. They can live in very hot climates and have a longer breeding season than other dairy goats.