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Hattiesburg Zoo Welcomes New Baby Goats


Hattiesburg Zoo Welcomes New Baby Goats

Hattiesburg – The Hattiesburg Zoo is proud to announce the birth of five female goats that will soon be displayed inside the Touch Africa Petting Zoo. With the addition of the new births, the exhibit will now feature a family of eight goats, all domestic and native to the African continent. Other animals featured in Touch Africa include African sheep and two Zebu calves which were recently unveiled during the Zoo’s Birthday Bash in April.

Opened in 2012, Touch Africa is an interactive exhibit that offers Zoo guests the opportunity for up close and personal experiences with animals, adding personal adventure to each Zoo visit. Touch Africa is located in the African region of the Zoo and allows guests to touch, pet and even feed the animals. Animals in Touch Africa may be fed throughout normal Zoo operating hours. For a more interactive encounter, guests are allowed into the exhibit every hour on the hour between 11am and 3pm.

“It is quite extraordinary that we have five new baby girl goats to care for and enjoy at the Hattiesburg Zoo,” said Janice Vannatta, General Manager of the Hattiesburg Zoo. “We are thrilled each time our animal collection grows, as the opportunity for new adventures at the Zoo is never ending!”

Four of the five goats have been given unique African names by Zoo Staff and include: Zuri (which means “beautiful”), Zina (which means “spirit”), Layla (which means “dark beauty”) and Amara (which means “grace”). The public is invited to participate in a naming contest to select a name for the fifth baby goat. Friends and guests of the Hattiesburg Zoo are asked to cast their votes by visiting the Hattiesburg Zoo’s facebook page. Options for the fifth baby goat’s name are Zarina (golden), Akili (clever), and Shani (marvelous). Voting will kick-off on May 20 and continue through May 31. The winning name will be announced on Saturday, June 1 when the baby goats will also be released from the nursery and debuted for the first time in their new home at the Touch Africa Petting Zoo.

The Hattiesburg Zoo is a Hattiesburg Convention Commission Facility, in partnership with the City of Hattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission. Since 1991, the Hattiesburg Convention Commission has been developing and operating tourism-related facilities for the Hattiesburg area. For more information, visit or contact us at 601.268.3220.