Donated Rocky Mountain billy goat brings Yukon hopes to Calgary Zoo

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WHITEHORSE - Calgary has managed to get Yukon's goat, but officials in the territory couldn't be happier.

The executive director of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve is pleased a five-month-old Rocky Mountain goat is settling in at the Calgary Zoo after being donated by the preserve.

Greg Meredith says the little billy goat, named Yukon, will play a big part in strengthening the genetics of the Rocky Mountain goat herd at the zoo.

He says the 52-kilogram youngster is already in an enclosure with two female goats.

Meredith also hopes the arrival of the goat will generate chatter at the zoo about the work of the wildlife preserve, possibly leading to complementary arrangements.

As for Yukon, Meredith notes the young billy might have travelling in its blood because it's the offspring of Geronimo, an orphan who came to the Yukon preserve five years ago from the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter in Smithers, B.C. (CKRW)

Organizations: Calgary Zoo, Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter

Geographic location: Yukon, Rocky Mountain, WHITEHORSE Calgary Smithers

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