18 August 2023

Wagga Zoo goats move on to greener pastures

| Jarryd Rowley
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Scraggles is one of five beloved goats who found a new home following renovations to the Wagga Wagga Zoo and Aviary earlier this year. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

Five beloved goats from Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens Zoo and Aviary have found a new home after several months of searching.

Bilbo, Rocky, Lumpy, Scraggles, and Figwit had been looking for a new home since June after new policies at the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens Zoo and Aviary announced changes.

Due to renovations at the zoo staff were unable to provide the amount of care needed and the goats were taken off display for several months.

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Wagga Wagga City Council put out an expression of interest call to potential candidates to care for the goats in hopes they could find a loving home.

Now situated on the outskirts of Wagga, they have settled into their new life.

Zoo curator Wendy McNamara said, “The goats were happy and healthy here at the zoo, but it was important for us to find a new home for them where they would have plenty of space, plus access to grass, shade and shelter.

“The new owner was selected as they were able to accommodate all five goats and it was our preference for them to stay together.

“The goats were taken by their new owner to their new home last week, where they immediately took to happily grazing on the green grass under a wattle tree.”

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Ms McNamara said while there were still many animals at the Wagga Wagga Zoo and Aviary to keep the staff and volunteers busy, the goats would be missed, and the staff wished them well at their new home.

Once the call was made to rehome the goats, staff were hopeful all the animals would remain together, with those submitting expressions of interest needing to have enough space for at least two of the goats.

Luckily for the family of five, they have all found a new home together.

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