The Minnesota Zoo’s Wells Fargo Family Farm features three domestic goat breeds – French-Alpine goats of various colors, white Saanen goats, and smaller Pygmy goats.
Where They Live:
Domestic goats can be found on every continent except Antarctica, but the largest numbers of domestic goats live in Asia.
What They Eat:
Goats eat leaves, twigs, vines, and shrubs. On farms, goats are typically fed cracked or ground corn mixed with oats, hay, and alfalfa.
Test Your Knowledge! (answers below)
- How much milk can a goat produce in one year?
a. 100-300 pounds b. 1,000-2,000 pounds c. 3,000-5,000 pounds d. 6,000-10,000 pounds
- About how many breeds of domestic goats are there?
a. 15 b. 200 c. 650 d. 1000
Answer each of the following questions with True or False:
- Goats are often used to clear land for farming.
- Goats were believed to be aboard the Mayflower on its 1620 voyage to North America.
- The closest relatives to goats are deer.
Around the world, more people drink goat’s milk than drink cow’s milk – or the milk of any other single animal.
The green sea turtle gets its name from the green-colored fat tissue under its shell. The fat has a green color because it eats seagrass and algae.
Download this activity sheet to learn and match different words for goats.
Answers: 1.c, 2.b, 3.true, 4.true, 5. false