Year of the Goat- Featuring Jingle and Belle

In honor of the Chinese animal zodiac, we’re celebrating the Year of the Goat! We have over 20 different goats representing 5 different breeds. In addition to their different colors, shapes, and sizes, all of our goats also express individual preferences and personalities!

To highlight our goats individual ‘flair’, we’ve decided to feature a different goat each month and share what makes each one so unique and lovable!


As we enter into December, it seems that the year has flown by. The chill in the air brings the anticipation of hot chocolate with gingerbread cookies, and Christmas carols can be heard wherever you go. December’s goats of the month are Jingle and Belle, and they get their names from a popular Christmas carol. The twins were born on December 15th, 2013, and have been keeper favorites from the very instant they arrived here at the Houston Zoo.
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Even though Jingle and Belle are almost two years old, many people still think they are babies. They are African pygmy goats, which tend to remain shorter (and stouter!) than many of the other goat breeds. They’re popular with many of the younger children at the Zoo because they’re the perfect height for them to pet!jingle goat

When you visit the Zoo this holiday season, be sure to look beneath the taller goats so you can wish Jingle and Belle happy holidays! If you like to sing, the keepers in the Children’s Zoo will be throwing an early birthday party for Jingle and Belle in the Swap Shop on December 12th.  So come on by and watch them enjoy some tasty treats while dressed in their holiday finest.


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