UPDATE:  As of July 1, 2020, until further notice, the WNC Nature Center remains temporarily closed to the public. The Nature Center is working closely with local officials to develop a plan to safely reopen. This will most likely take place during Phase 3 of North Carolina’s Stay Safe COVID-19 order. We anticipate opening during the month of September and will update the website and our social media platforms as soon as a date is confirmed.

Open 361 Days a Year: 10:00am – 5:00pm, last entry 4:30pm

Angora Goat

Angora Goat

Capra aegagrus hircus

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 small, able to draw close together and balance on small surfaces.  They have the ability to stand on their hind legs and perform intricate steps in order to strip off branches or greenery.  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.  The domestic goat can be traced    historically to the wild goats of Asia and have been raised for dairy, meat, and fiber production for centuries.

 

Bill

Date of Birth: April 09, 2010

Bill was born on a farm in Greeneville, Tennessee. He was donated to the WNC Nature Center in February of 2011.

What Makes Bill Unique? Bill’s coat is white and he is much more tolerant than Ted when it comes to letting people feel his luscious locks.

 

Ted

Date of Birth: March 27, 2010

Ted was born on the same farm as Bill.  He was donated to the WNC Nature Center in February of 2011 with Bill.

What Makes Ted Unique? 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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