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Mountain goat

Oreamnos americanus

Fluffy. Adorable. And very energetic. Our five mountain goat kids are the youngsters in the Free-Roaming Area, joining our older goat in grazing, scampering and all those cute things kids do.

Mountain goat kid release.
From the Olympics
to a new home.

Our five mountain goat kids arrived in fall 2018. Part of a larger group translocated from Washington’s Olympic Mountains (where they are non-native and destructive) to the Cascades (where their populations are depleted), the kids couldn’t be paired with a known mother, so found their new home at Northwest Trek. The translocation was a partnership of the National Park Service, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the USDA Forest Service, with support from area tribes. Read the full story here.

mountain goat kids under tree
Five bundles of fluff
and a patient nanny.

After weeks of examination and care by our veterinary staff, the five kids Bailey, Fairchild, Klahhane, Rocky and Elwha settled in well to their new home, roaming our meadows, forests and hillsides. They’re watched calmly by our older nanny goat (nicknamed “Daughter”) as they scamper and play.

Rocky may eventually find a home at another accredited zoo, but meanwhile he’s one of the herd here at Northwest Trek.

With golden eyes, fluffy cream hair and super-sharp horns, the kids are currently about the size of a medium-sized dog.  They spend most of their time near the lake, where there’s food, water and shelter.

Meet our goats
Did you know?
Hooves and horns.

With padded hooves, white hair and black horns and nose, mountain goats are around 5-6 feet long and 3 feet high as adults.

They're herbivores, eating grass, leafy browse and mineral and salt deposits.

Billies, nannies
and babies

Nannies (females) are aggressive, wielding their horns to guard their kids and dominate males - except during rut (mating).

Billies (males) crawl on their bellies and squeak like kids to try and woo a nanny. After mating, he leaves (or is chased away!)

Goat stories
The latest from the blog.
Meet the kids!
On a fall morning, a group of mountain goat kids scampered into the vast expanses of the Free-Roaming Area.
Read the story