Meet the Animals
Mia was the very first goat that came to Goatlandia. She was from a dairy farm in the area. She is the matriarch of the herd; and she's a fantastic eater! She only has one waddle, and she has a very mellow personality and always content.
Mia's photo taken by Isabella La Rocca
Stella was the third goat to come to Goatlandia. Her and her sister Tessa came the same day.. as little kids. They were extras from a dairy, and they were bottle fed here and given lots of love and room to play!
Tessa is Stella's sister. They were both extras at a dairy farm. Tessa is a bit smaller than Stella, but with a pretty big personality. She loves to make noise during certain times of the year, and is often by Stella's side.
Duncan was born into a dairy farm, but he was sick with scours since birth. Many male goats are extra anyway in dairy, but a small, sick male would've certainly met a swift end. We adopted Duncan, nursed him back to health with probiotics and lots of care, and today he is healthy and happy. He's definitely one of our most slender and svelte goats, but is thriving!
Saanens are known for their gentle nature, but Nigel was even more than that. He was a special caprine soul, and an inspiration to many. He unfortunately had urinary tract stones and died at age 3 from this in 2015 despite many attempts to fix this common male goat problem. He was a magnificent soul, and touched the hearts of everyone who met him, including the staff at UC Davis who voted him the best goat (patient) ever. He will be forever in our hearts.
La Mancha and Alpine Mix
Noah was a backyard goat. His companion goat died, and his guardians decided that Noah seemed lonely and maybe it was time for a break from goat ownership. I adopted him, and he was very shy at first. It took weeks for me to be able to touch him. Now, he is very outgoing! He likes to play with me like I'm a goat :) He and Rainey are BFF's :)
Rainey was born to a breeder and vet. She is unable to reproduce due to problems with her reproductive system, and was unwanted. Fortunately, we managed to save her from slaughter just in time. She has turned out to be a wonderful goat; very friendly, the consummate greeter, and is BFF's with Noah. She loves to go on walks and adventures, and is a fantastic ambassador goat. Be careful though, she'll try to lay in your lap!
Lina is our littlest goat, but she has the classic La Mancha fiery personality. She was from a dairy breeder, but she was a runt and unwanted due to her small size, and inferred lower milk output. Lina was brought to Goatlandia as a 3 week kid, and is happy and healthy.
Ruby was born to folks who showed goats and used them for dairy milk production. Ruby had an underbite, and this made her undesirable for show. She was brought here and raised from a small kid. She eventually grew out of her underbite, and is perfectly beautiful and normal. She is a very playful Saanen girl, and has the cutest black spots on her ears!
Cocoa was from a breeder, milk producer, and show goat group. She has a birth defect of an extra teat, so was unwanted. Saved from slaughter, Cocoa is free from harm and is one of our more mature, independent goats. She has a very strong mind and is happy hanging out with the group and on her own.
Luna and Chanel
Luna and Chanel were two Nubian baby does (female goats) that were purchased and raised by an 4H student. 4H, and Future Farmers of America, teach students about animal agriculture by having them raise and then auction off animals. Unfortunately, after auction, these animals are then slaughtered for meat. Often times it is very traumatic for the student; they grow to love and appreciate the animals they have raised. These students bond with their animals, and it's very painful for them to let them go, especially knowing that they will be killed.
In Luna and Chanel's case, the student had a wonderful change of heart, and didn't want to see Luna and Chanel killed. They were given to Animal Place Animal Sanctuary, where Goatlandia adopted the sisters.
They are very sweet sisters, and are always together no matter what they are doing. These girls LOVE to make talk and make noise; a classic Nubian trait.
Miniature Painted and Julianna mix
Sheldon was purchased by a family when he was a piglet. It’s common for people to get piglets as pets, but as is often the case, they change their minds when the piglet becomes a full grown pig. We adopted Sheldon from his guardians, and when he got home into a pasture with lots more space than he was used to, he became very happy. He’s a bit shy around people, but he definitely enjoys his four female pig friends!
Gigi and the three other female pigs were purchased by a man named Matt who was going to raise them all for meat. He named them and got too attached, and had a change of heart. We adopted them from him, and Matt still comes to visit the girls every couple of months. Gigi is the extrovert of the pig family here at Goatlandia! She adores people and is often the first to say hi to visitors. She LOVES belly rubs as they all do, and will often be the first to plop down and roll over for one.
Dippy is Gigi's sister, and a very vocal girl. She likes to bark hello's at visitors, and is super friendly like all the girls. She's a confident, social pig who also loves attention. Dippy and the three other female pigs were purchased by a man named Matt who was going to raise them all for meat. He named them and got too attached, and had a change of heart. We adopted them from him, and Matt still comes to visit the girls every couple of months.
Portia is sisters with Brianna, but Portia is much bigger. She is our largest female pig, and has a relaxed and reserved personality. She's our big love. Portia and the three other female pigs were purchased by a man named Matt who was going to raise them all for meat. He named them and got too attached, and had a change of heart. We adopted them from him, and Matt still comes to visit the girls every couple of months.
Brianna is our smallest pig, and Portia's sister. She has the most wonderful full and wavy hair and such a sweet disposition! Despite her small size, she runs pretty darn fast to breakfast and dinner. Brianna and the three other female pigs were purchased by a man named Matt who was going to raise them all for meat. He named them and got too attached, and had a change of heart. We adopted them from him, and Matt still comes to visit the girls every couple of months.
Goatlandia is home to 29 chickens. They were adopted from different places and situations. Many of them are the common White Leghorn species used in egg production. You can see that their beaks have been clipped; an unfortunate and common practice in the industry. Despite their rough beginnings, some of these girls are very friendly and inquisitive. Some are still shy, and we respect their need to be chickens and give them plenty of space to roam, scratch, and fun around together.
Mia's photo taken by Isabella La Rocca