L.A. Zoo’s Herd Has Grown with the Birth of Four Nigerian Dwarf Goats and a Sichuan Takin

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June 8, 2015

LA Zoo Nigerian Dwarf Goat Kids By Tad Motoyama

L.A. Zoo Nigerian Dwarf Kids
Photo Credit: Tad Motoyama

L.A. ZOO’S HERD HAS GROWN WITH THE BIRTH OF FOUR NIGERIAN DWARF GOATS AND A SICHUAN TAKIN
Bring your kids to meet our new kids!

The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to announce the addition of four Nigerian Dwarf goats to the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo. Two male and one female multi-colored goats were born on May 11, 2015 to three-year old mother, Lacey. One week later, three-year-old mother Glory gave birth to a single female kid. After spending their first few weeks in an off-exhibit barnyard with their mothers, the energetic kids are being slowly introduced to the large family and will make their public debut in the side viewing area of the contact yard of Muriel’s Ranch.

Both first time moms, Glory and Lacey were welcomed into the L.A. Zoo family in 2012, along with thirteen other goats that included their siblings. The father of the four baby goats is Spangle, a male Nigerian Dwarf goat that came to the L.A. Zoo less than a year ago.

The new additions, weighing in at around nine pounds each, are still too young to frolic with the large herd of goats and sheep since they are still nursing with their mothers. But, these kids won’t get too big when they reach adulthood as the Nigerian Dwarf goat species only reaches around two feet tall at the shoulders, and adults weigh in between 50 and 75 pounds.

Zoo visitors can now see the new kids in the side viewing area of the contact yard at the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. The kids are scheduled to join the remaining 15 goats and six sheep accessible to the public in the main contact yard in late June. In the meantime visitors can spend the day petting and brushing the rest of the herd as well as observing the other ranch inhabitants; a goose, a miniature horse, and a family of rabbits.

The L.A. Zoo is also proud to welcome a female Sichuan takin born on May 23, 2015, a birth that marks the third Sichuan takin kid born three years in a row to the same parents. Takin (pronounced “TAH-kin”), are stocky goat-antelopes native to China’s remote mountain forests with short legs, large hooves with two toes, and a well-developed spur that makes them sure-footed on steep terrain and rocky cliffs. Although they are considered national treasures in China and are protected by law, takin continue to be threatened by overhunting, habitat loss, and fragmentation, causing them to be classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The mother, nine years old, father, 12 years old, and the siblings born in 2013 and 2014 can be seen alongside the new kid in their habitat daily during Zoo hours, weather permitting.

WHAT:

Newborn Hoofstock Press Debut

WHEN:

June 9, 2015 at 9:30 A.M.

WHERE:

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

MEDIA:

Media staff should park in the Zoo’s south lot near the public bus circle, and a Zoo staff member will transport them to the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo contact yard and the Sichuan takin habitat.

VIDEO:  

Nigerian Dwarf Goat Kids Video Link – http://we.tl/Ko4Aw5lwyk
Sichuan Takin Calf Video Link – http://we.tl/77xhMARlQT

To RSVP or request additional photos, please call (323) 644-4273.

About the Los Angeles Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $19 for adults and $14 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.