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Class: Mammal
Order: Herbivore
Family: Bovidae

Found: African Plains

Size: 58cm
Weight: 44-60 lbs

Gestation: 150 days

Diet: Herbivore (plant eater)

Conservation Status: LC


Habitats: The Pygmy Hippo is generally found in grassy Farmlands

Threats: The main threat for pygmy goats is their popularity for the pet trade but other than that they are not currently threatened.

Social Behaviour: Frequently, pygmy goats are kept as companion animals for other species of livestock and are often found at horse breeding facilities and race tracks. These are very social animals which use group strength to protect themselves from predators, usually large carnivores. When threatened, the herd will form a ring with the pregnant females and young in the centre. Females will actually stimulate pregnancy in order to gain the extra protection that condition invokes from the herd.

Food: It will eat Grasses, twigs, leaves, alfalfa hay and grain. Many household plants and ornamental garden plants, such as azaleas, are poisonous to the goats.

Information: African pygmy goats are originally from Africa but were introduced to other areas by whalers who found that they were easily transported, and were a great source of milk and meat on long voyages. Their colours can range from white and caramel to grey and black, most being a salt-and-pepper patterned, these are called agouti. Pygmy goats and Nigerian dairy goats share a common ancestor which is the West African Dwarf.

Range: Pygmy Goats originally ranged the African plains but are now domesticated and found all over the world