• IUCN Status
    Not listed
  • Population
    In excess of 1,150
  • Diet
    Herbivore - mainly different types of vegetation
  • Group
    Herd, Trip or Tribe
  • Size
    40 to 50 cm long and up to 62 cm tall
  • Continent
  • Lifespan
    up to 15 years
  • Weight
    Females up to 23 kg and male can weigh up to 41 kg
  • Habitat
    Farmlands, hillsides and plains
  • Scientific Name
    Capra aegagrus hircus

Meet the West African Pygmy Goat


Pygmy goats are a popular breed of domestic goat, originally from Africa. A full-grown pygmy goat loves to climb rocks and logs.

Vegetables and fruit can be added to their diet only in moderation. Twigs, leaves, bark and some ‘weeds’ are the natural food of the goat and will be welcomed as a great treat.



highly active pygmy goats at Wolds Wildlife Park

Did you know?

Here are just some of the things to know about Pygmy Goats.

How fast can a pygmy goat move?up arrow

Pygmy goats can move at speeds up to 10 mph (16.09 kph).

Usually, pygmy goats that are kept as pets are not as fast as this, unless they are specifically trained in the zoo or by their owners to do so.

What are male, female and baby pygmy goats calleddown arrow

Females are called 'nannies' or 'does', while male pygmy goats are called 'bucks'

A baby pygmy goat is called a 'kid'.

What makes pygmy goats so entertaining and popular as pets?down arrow

Pygmy goats are known for their mischievous personality. They love to run and jump, climb trees, and explore their surroundings.

Pygmy goats are social animals and thrive in groups. They enjoy interacting with other goats and will even form close bonds with their human keepers.

Due to their friendly and playful nature, Pygmy goats make great pets for families with children. They are easy to handle, gentle, and love to play.

Pygmy goats are intelligent animals and can learn tricks and commands quickly. They also have a good memory and can recognise familiar faces and voices.

Do pygmy goats produce milk?down arrow


Pygmy goats are one of the best breeds of goats for milk supply! They supply humans with plenty of milk when compared to other breeds of goats, offering up to 2.5 litres of milk each day.

The milk this species produces is very rich and creamy, high in protein and essential nutrients.

Where do pygmy goats originate from?down arrow

Pygmy goats were first discovered in Cameroon, West Africa, in the 1950s. They were brought to Europe and America in the 1960s and became popular as pets due to their small size and friendly nature.