The Nigerian dwarf goat is a miniature dairy goat breed of west African ancestry. the original animals were transported from Africa on ships as food for captured carnivores being brought to zoos; the survivors were the maintained in herds at the zoos. Nigerian Dwarf goats are popular as pets and family milkers due to their easy maintenance and small stature. However, because of their high butterfat, they are also used by some dairies to make cheese. They are registered by the american dairy goat association, the american goat society, and the Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association.