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Pygmy goat

Capra hircus

Male pygmy goats at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Mammals
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae

Our popular pygmy goats, males Mario, Bowser and Luigi, live in The Ranch area at the zoo!

The original ancestors of this breed came from Africa and are now fully domesticated. Our goats are fed hay, grass and pellet.

Interesting facts!

  • These little mammals are well known for their curious and friendly nature and will often have a nibble on anything that they find interesting!
  • After mating, the gestation period lasts about 5 months. Females give birth to between 2 and 4 offspring, called kids.


Pygmy goats have not been properly assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are not considered to be endangered at this time.

Sponsor a goat

Sponsoring a goat at Paignton Zoo will make a real contribution to the care and general wellbeing of our amazing animals and vital conservation work.

Our sponsorship packs make a fantastic gift for animal lovers of any age. Prices start from as little as £35 per year (that’s less than £3 per month!) with three different packs to choose from.