Scientific Name:
Capra hircus

Conservation Status:

Where to see them:

Outback Station petting zoo

Fun Facts:

  • Boer goats are white with brown heads and lop ears.
  • Boer goats can be found in goat shows internationally.
  • Zoo Atlanta's Boer goats have more rambunctious personalities than the other petting zoo goats.

Boer Goat

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Females weigh 150 to 200 pounds; males weigh 250 to 350 pounds.

Boer goats were developed in South Africa in the 1900's from a cross of indigenous goats and Indian or European goats and are bred mainly for meat production.

Boer goats are well adapted for hot, dry semi-deserts.


Boar goats are herd animals.

Boer goats are herbivores and are browsers by nature, preferring brush, shrubs and broadleaf weeds rather than grass.

Life Cycle
Female Boer goats reach sexual maturity at 5 months. They are polyestrous (they can breed throughout the year). Females are pregnant for five months and nurse for three months. Males reach sexual maturity at 8 weeks.

Some of My Neighbors (IN THE WILD)
Boer goats are domestic animals and can be found in pastures with cows and sheep.

Population Status & Threats
Boer goats are primarily bred as meat goats in South Africa and the United States.