Where to see them:
Outback Station petting zoo
- 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.
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.
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.