Auckland Island Goat

Auckland Island Goat

The Auckland Island Goat was a feral breed of domestic goat ("Capra aegagrus hircus") found on Auckland Island, New Zealand. It is now extinct.


Goats were introduced to the Auckland Islands several times in the second half of the nineteenth century, to serve as a source of food for castaway sailors, with at least one liberation in 1865 on the main Auckland Island. By the 1970s only one population remained, a group of about 100 based on the north-west side of Port Ross, in the north-east of the main island. In 1986 and 1987 over 60 animals were removed from the island for captive breeding in New Zealand. A decision was made to eradicate the remaining animals, an operation which was completed by 1992. An investigation in 1999 into the fate of the translocated animals in New Zealand found that the breed had become extinct. [ Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand: Auckland Island Goats] ]


External links

* [ Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand]

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