Wildlife in Serengeti-Park
Domestic goat | Capra hircus
Goats belong to the family of horn-bearers. For most goat breeds, both sexes wear horns. Like the horns of antelopes and rhinos, they are made of keratin – just like our fingernails. More than 10,000 years ago, our today’s domestic goats were bred from the Bezoan-goat living in the Middle East.
Goats serve primarily as a meat, leather and milk supplier. They are very frugal with food and extremely robust. After a gestation period of five months, one to two cubs are born and nursed for three months by their mother. Sexual maturity occurs in males (“buck” or “billy”) and females (“Doe”) at about four months to a year depending on the breed, region, season of birth, level of feeding, overall health status and nutritional requirements.