UPDATE: As of Friday, May 8, until further notice, the WNC Nature Center is still temporarily closed to the public. The Nature Center is working closely with the City of Asheville to determine the safest possible date to reopen. This will most likely take place during Phase 3 of North Carolina’s Stay at Home order. 

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

Oberhasli Goats

Oberhasli Goat

Capra aegagrus hircus

The Oberhasli goat was originally a breed found in mountain regions in Switzerland under the name Swiss Alpine. They were first imported here to United States in the early 1900s as they were known to be a docile dairy breed species.  By the 1930s farmers were able to establish and maintain purebred herds of their own and in 1977 the name Oberhasli was adopted. The Oberhasli goat is a medium sized goat and they can weigh up to 150 pounds. They are known for their gentle disposition.  The females, called does, are an excellent milk producers with the record of 4665 lbs. of milk being produced in one year.  The male bucks and wethers make really good pack animals because they are strong and unlike other goat species do not fear crossing rivers and other trail obstacles. Their tan, brown and black color pattern is called “chamoisee.” The two sharp black lines that form at the top of their head and come down to the base of their nose are characteristic and unique to this species.

 

Swiss and Alpine

Date of Birth: March 12, 2014

Swiss and Alpine are brothers who were born on a farm in Leicester, North Carolina. They were donated to the Nature Center in May of 2014. Swiss is the larger of the two.

What Makes Swiss Unique? Swiss is very curious about machinery. He enjoys having his body blow dried by a leaf blower.

What Makes Alpine Unique? Alpine is the best behaved goat and he loves to eat blueberries.

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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