The Nubian is a large breed of dairy goat. Nubians have long, bell-shaped ears that extend an inch below the face, and small upturned tails. Their fur is short and glossy and can come in a variety of colors including black, tan and red.
Mature Nubians weigh between 100 and 250 pounds and stand a minimum of 30 inches high at the withers (shoulders).
At Cosley Zoo, the goats are fed a diet of commercial livestock grain and hay.
Goats can become sexually mature as early as 6 months of age. Male goats produce a very potent musk-like odor during the breeding season to attract females. Female goats are pregnant for 140-160 days. Goats give birth once a year during late winter or spring. Goats typically have 1-3 kids at a time.
At Cosley Zoo, the goats inhabit a stall in the barn. The back of the stall has a door that allows access to the goats’ outdoor yard, which contains a large climbing structure.
The life expectancy of a Nubian goat is 10-15 years.
Nubian goats produce a high-quality, high-butterfat milk, which can be drunk or used to make ice cream, yogurt, cheese, and butter. Many people who are allergic to cows’ milk can better tolerate the milk of a goat. Goats can also be raised for their meat and their hides.