This past April, Connecticut’s only zoo, the Beardsley Zoo located on 1875 Noble Ave. in Bridgeport welcomed two new female Nigerian Dwarf goats. Their mother, Cupcake is s three years old and gave birth after a five-month gestation period. Their father, Rodney, will celebrate his first birthday in June. The baby goats, known as kids, are both healthy and happy, and welcome additions to the goat yard.
Already a favorite with visitors, the kids will spend the next few months nursing and will begin to nibble on hay and grains later this week, as well. The kids are not named as of yet. Visitors may expect another special delivery sometime soon as Cupcake’s sister, “Peaches,” is expecting kids of her own. Rodney is the father of Peaches’ kids, too.
About Nigerian Dwarf goats
Nigerian Dwarf goats are miniature dairy goats. The milk produced by these goats has higher butterfat content than their larger counterparts and tastes much sweeter. A doe (a grown female) can produce up to two quarts of sweet milk a day. Most females will grow to around 18 inches, while males can reach 23 inches. They weigh just around 75 pounds when fully grown and can be a full spectrum of colors, from black, brown, and white to spotted or striped. Bucklings (young males) may be fertile around 7 weeks of age, while mature females can breed as early as 8 months of age.
About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Connecticut’s only zoo features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Visitors won’t want to miss Amur (Siberian) tigers, Brazilian ocelot, Red wolves, and Golden Lion tamarins. Other highlights include the South American rainforest and free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas, the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep, and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer, and more. Visitors can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on a colorful carousel. For more information, visit www.beardsleyzoo.org.
About the Author: Janet Serra is the executive director of the Western CT Convention and Visitors Bureau.