Animals & Attractions

We are home to three Bagot goats here at Edinburgh Zoo – a male called Patrick and two females named Janice and Judith.  

Our small herd arrived at the zoo in November 2021 and can be found next to the members gate, opposite our Chinese goral.

Fun facts  

  • Bagot goats are believed to be Britain’s oldest breed of goat 
  • They were named after Sir John Bagot, the first keeper of the original semi-wild herd which lived at his Blithfield estate  
  • Even though they are thought to be the oldest British goat species, Bagot goats are now finding a new role as important conservation grazers, clearing invasive scrub and woodland species to promote biodiversity in the ground, which is beneficial to other amazing animals 

How we’re helping   

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for both the animals here at the zoo and work to protect endangered species around the world.  

From providing genetics expertise and veterinary health, to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.  

Find out more about some of our conservation projects. 

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