Three goat species are known to exist within New Zealand, these being the Arapawa goat, the Auckland Island goat, and the New Zealand goat. Habitat: Arapawa Goats are native to Arapawa Island in New Zealand. DOC claims that the goat population is over-populated, out of contro/and destructive to local native plant growth are hotly disputed by those seeking to have the cuff aborted. While it’s not extremely rare for Arapawa goats to be born, it’s important news – essential for the survival of the goat breed. Population: The breed is nearly extinct with only 300 believed to be domesticated around the world. The Arapawa goat population thrived on the island without major threat for over 200 years, until the 1970s. This may be less surprising than at face value, because even if originally related both of the populations have been isolated for a few hundred years. DOC's goat control programme on Arapawa Island is focussed on the scenic reserve and protecting its important and distinctive Cook Strait vegetation. They will also graze on grass and are also given willow. Fortunately, the dedicated efforts of one Arapawa Island resident, Betty Rowe, ably assisted by her family and volunteer helpers, thwarted to some extent the efforts of the cull team, with the result that a small but viable population of Arapawa goats was saved. Lifespan: Around 12 years. Goats out of Betty Rowe’s Sanctuary on Arapawa Island were imported in the USA in 1993 by Plimoth Plantation, a living museum of colonial existence in North America at 1627 situated in southeastern Massachusetts. His Arapawa goats are a small portion of the population of less than 300 worldwide. Big Bay, Arapawa Island . Arapawa are listed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as a critically endangered, feral breed and therefore a priority for us here at SVF to conserve. Behaviour: Arapawa Goats are very friendly animals. The number of goats on the island isn’t known but the fact ongoing goat control has been required on the reserve since 1978 suggests a viable breeding population of the goats remains on the island. Among those rarest goat breeds in the world, that the New Zealand Arapawa Goat is stated by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, seriously near extinction. Her efforts on behalf of the goats continued for thirty-five years until her death in 2008. Diet: In captivity, Arapawa Goats are feed hay, fruit, vegetables. I first began learning about Arapawa goats in 2008. At that time, the New Zealand Forest Service came to the conclusion that the goats were too damaging to the native forest and therefore had to be eradicated. Three Arapawa goat kids were born recently in Indiana; Flynn anticipates new arrivals as well. Out of all of these, the Arapawa goat’s populations are too small for it to be any threat at all to the Arapaoa Island that it resides on, with them today being noted to be critically endangered. SVF had already worked with several rare goat populations and was ready for a new group. History suggests a link to the Old English goat, but the present-day goats in that gene pool are very distinct from the Arapawa goats.