Second time this year — rare goat at Miller Park Zoo gives birth
Clemente Island goat has twin kids
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[April 05, 2014]
BLOOMINGTON — A rare breed of
goat at Miller Park Zoo is the latest animal to give birth at the
zoo. Valencia, one of the zoo's San Clemente Island goats, gave
birth on March 23 to twin female kids named Cutie and Sunkist.
The goats are native to San Clemente Island, one of the Channel
Islands off the coast of California. The goats are listed as a
critically endangered heritage breed. The global population of San
Clemente Island goats is around 600.
Miller Park Zoo is home to
six adult San Clemente Island goats: four females — Bella, Valencia,
Becca and Breeze — and two males, Poseidon and Vern. Each of the
adults is 1 to 4 years old.
The captive birth of this rare goat breed is the second this year
at Miller Park Zoo. Breeze gave birth to twin female kids, Dorothy
and Jenny, on Jan. 27.
This is the fourth consecutive year that kids were born at Miller
Park Zoo, which was the first facility in the state of Illinois to
ever have a San Clemente Island goat birth. Only a small number of
zoos exhibit San Clemente Island goats.
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This breed of goat is relatively small but larger than dwarf
breeds. They are typically red or tan with black markings.
The goat kids may be seen on exhibit in the Children's Zoo.
Miller Park Zoo
news release received from
Bloomington Parks & Recreation]