Goats in Morocco do climb trees naturally, and help to create argan oil in the process — they eat the trees ‘ fruit, and then release nuts through their waste.
Morocco’s Argania trees are infested with nut-hungry goats . Grown almost exclusively in Sous Valley in southwestern Morocco , the Argania is a rare and protected species after years of over-farming and clear-cutting.
The gnarled, thorny plants grown exclusively in southwestern Morocco and western Algeria may not be pretty, but they attract plenty of fans. Herds of hungry goats pose in their crooked branches, sometimes more than one dozen in a single tree. There’s an explanation for the strange phenomenon.
A lesser-known talent of some goats is the ability to climb trees , even fairly tall ones, and stand on small branches that look like they can barely hold their weight. This is particularly common in Morocco, where food can be scarce and argan trees produce a fruit that is particularly appealing to goats .
Goats are usually able to stay out in the rain without any shelter and not develop issues. In fact, they can even be left in the rain overnight and will likely be fine. Normally, goats are pretty good at coming back in when the rain gets too cold or the weather gets too severe.
Native only to Morocco , Argan Oil is pressed from the kernels of the argan tree. This is the purest form of Argan Oil and is used natively for various purposes such as: skin treatment(acne and moisturization), hair care and even cooking. Moroccan Oil : Commercial Moroccan Oil is a modified version of Argan Oil .
So what makes these mountain goats such great climbers ? They have slim bodies that let them shimmy over ledges and squeeze close to rocks. Their hooves are split into two sections, allowing them to spread the halves to grip a larger rock surface. The bottoms of their hooves have rubbery pads, like shoe soles.
One reason is that goats are prey animals and it’s wired into them to get to the highest point to watch for predators. If you watch a herd of goats browsing, there will always be one that is on a higher point than all the others. This is the watcher who will alert the herd to a predator nearby.
Goats have remarkable balance : their hooves are split, which allows gripping and spreading into even the smallest of spaces. You rarely find goats toppling over… unless they’re fainting goats .
Goats will damage and eventually kill trees by browsing on the leaves and shoots, stripping the bark, and rubbing their horns on the trees . Your goats cause worse damage when they don’t have access to any other plants to eat , but they enjoy tender bark and leaves even when grass and shrubs are available.
Goats get their reputation for eating almost anything because they like to walk around and sample a wide variety of foods, as opposed to grazing a pasture like cows or sheep. Goats will eat hay, grasses, weeds, grain, and sometimes even tree bark!