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Goats of Anguilla

Goats of Anguilla

There’s no question that the beautiful island of Anguilla is full of wildlife and animals of all kinds. While some regions are known to have deer or rodents wandering around, this destination has a different critter. One of the island haven’s most popular creatures has beards, horns, and a fuzzy coat.  

We’re talking about goats, of course! Goats practically run the island of Anguilla and have a rich history there, as well.

Once upon a time, goats indicated luxury and extravagance. The vegetation, rain forest, and climate of the island add up to the perfect environment for goats. As Anguilla’s national animal, goats are all over the island. The people of Anguilla have learned to share the space with their goatly neighbors.

Most of the nation’s goats roam free, but some of the citizens do shepherd them. There is an estimated 3,800 goats on the island. Considering that Anguilla’s total population is just over 15,000 – that’s almost a third of the human residency!

Tourists will find many goats near Scrub Island and Dog Island—close to the shore. They eat grass, hay, grain, and sometimes even tree bark. They’re usually friendly in nature but some are still considered wild animals. Though curious by nature, goats are very intelligent. They’re also inquisitive and enjoy exploring anything that they’re unfamiliar with.

Maybe it’s a peculiarity, or another reason to visit the island! Goats are the official animal of the beautiful bay. So, while you’re laying back on your hammock, or in the sand at the beach, don’t be surprised if you see this furry friend, right at your feet!