Open 361 Days a Year: Admissions 10:00am – 3:30pm; park closes at 4:30pm

Welcome to the WNC Nature Center! Reservations are not required, and tickets do not need to be purchased online in advance.

Angora Goat

Angora Goat

Capra aegagrus hircus

Appearance: Angora goats have attractive ringlets of soft, fine hair. They have been bred primarily for their fleece, called mohair, which is in high demand for the textile field. Goats’ feet are adapted to heights and rough terrain. Their hooves are able to pull close together and help them balance on small surfaces.

Range: An ancient breed that has been domesticated for dairy, meat, and fiber production, this domestic goat can be traced historically to the wild goats of Asia. They are named after the Turkish province Angora (now Ankara) from which they were commonly bred. Disliking the rain, Angoras are well adapted to a dry, mild climate.

Diet: Angoras are primarily browsing animals and thrive best where there is a good cover of brush, weeds, and grass. They have the ability to stand on their hind legs and perform intricate steps in order to strip off branches or greenery.

Bill

Angora Sheep

Date of Birth: April 2010

Bill was born on a farm in Greeneville, Tennessee. He was donated to the WNC Nature Center in February 2011. Bill’s coat is white and he is much more tolerant than Ted when it comes to letting people feel his luscious locks.

Ted

Angora Sheep

Date of Birth: March 2010

Ted was born on the same farm as Bill and was donated to the WNC Nature Center in February 2011 with Bill. Ted has a black coat, and he is very protective of it.  Ted is more timid than Bill, but is becoming less shy in the petting area.

Meet our other animals

American Black Bear

American Black Bear

Generally shy and reclusive animals, black bears avoid human contact and are not normally aggressive. Two black bears, Uno and Ursa, live at the Nature Center.

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Red Wolf Karma

American Red Wolf

Red wolves are highly endangered species that has been eliminated from almost all of its natural range. Our breeding pair of red wolves, Karma and Garnet, are part of the AZA Species Survival Plan.

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Angora Goat

Angora Goat

Angoras are primarily browsing animals and thrive best where there is a good cover of brush, weeds, and grass.    Disliking the rain, Angoras are well adapted to a dry, mild climate.

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