BLOOMINGTON — A rare breed of goat at the Miller Park Zoo is the latest animal to give birth at the facility. “Storm,” one of the zoo’s San Clemente goats who is a first-time mom, gave birth June 7 to two kids, both males. The other mom, “Valencia,” gave birth to one boy and one girl on June 10.
“These four kids are significant because they are a critically rare breed. The Miller Park Zoo is invested in the long-term success of San Clemente Island Goats.” said Jay Tetzloff, zoo director, in a statement issued by the city.
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 rare heritage breed. The global population of San Clemente Island goats is around 700.
Miller Park Zoo is home to eight adult San Clemente Island goats: five females (Storm, Valencia, Natasha, Marvel and Breeze) and three males (Malcolm, who is the father of the kids; Nathan and Sean. The ages range from less than one year to 8 years old.
The Miller Park Zoo was the first Illinois zoo to have a San Clemente Island goat born. Only a small number of zoos exhibit San Clemente Island goats. The breed is relatively small, but larger than dwarf breeds. They are typically red or tan with black markings.
The goat kids can be seen on exhibit in the Children’s Zoo area.