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Damara goats are characterised by their long drooping ears that enable heat dissipation: as the warm blood flows through the ears, heat is dissipated and the blood flows back into the body at a lower temperature. Because the size of a goat herd reflects a person’s wealth and social status, large herds are kept that are often considered to contribute to desertification as a result of overgrazing.


ClassificationOrder: even-toed ungulates, family: bovids; breed of domestic goat from Africa
DietGrasses and leaves
HabitatA breed from the region Gross Damaraland in Namibia
ReproductionGestation period: ca. 160 days, 1–2 offspring; weaning 4–5 months; maximum age: 15 years