San Clemente Island Goat Gallery

Photo Gallery

If you're wondering what San Clemente Island goats looked like before they were bred on the mainland, here are some photos of feral San Clemente Island goats on San Clemente Island. The last goat on the island was exterminated in 1992. These photos were taken in the 1980's.

Some look exactly like the mainland San Clemente Island goats we have today. Others show the different 'styles' of San Clemente color, horns, and coats.

One of the primary goals of the San Clemente Island Goat Association is to preserve genetic diversity within the breed. If we do this, some goats are going to look a little "different" than the others, yet still be purebred. Enjoy the photos.

Most of he photos came in to us via jpeg files. To see enlarged versions, you can select enlarged to see a large version of the photo we received, or enhanced to see the photo enlarged with some adjustment for clarity, including color tone adjustments and cropping for close-ups. Please do not copy them in any form without permission from the sources.

The San Clemente Island Goat Association is very grateful to the photographers for their help in preserving our breed history.

If you'd like to flip through them all at once, please skip this page and go to our SLIDESHOW.


These photos were taken by the U.S. Navy of San Clemente Island goats before they were removed from the island.

Feral goats on San Clemente Island

Feral goats on San Clemente Island.
Note "white" buck retains some markings, and also note accentuated markings of buckling on far right.
   —Courtesy of U.S. Navy

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Note variations in horns, color, and conformation.

Feral bucks trapped on San Clemente Island.
Group of bucks shows great variation in horn shape, conformation, and coats.
   —Courtesy of U.S. Navy

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The following photos are courtesy of Dianne Nelson. She was part of the team that rounded up the goats for mainland adoption. Some of these goats were brought to the Fund for Animals' facility, others were brought to other ranches, such as Kern Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, for adoption. Nelson was involved in rounding up thousands of San Clemente Island goats on the island. These photos were taken before the goats reached the mainland.

Rounding up goats on San Clemente Island

Walking goats into "Clapp Trap" on San Clemente Island.
   —Courtesy of Dianne Nelson

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Baby Goat caught for adoption

Baby goat caught for adoption.
   —Courtesy of Dianne Nelson

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Bucks in pen on San Clemente Island

Buck in pen on San Clemente Island.
   —Courtesy of Dianne Nelson

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Bucks on the Island awaiting transport to mainland

Bucks on the island awaiting transport to mainland.
   —Courtesy of Dianne Nelson

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Stout doe

Stout doe on San Clemente Island.
   —Courtesy of Dianne Nelson

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Loading buck onto truck

Loading buck onto truck to barge to mainland.
   —Courtesy of Dianne Nelson

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The following photos are courtesy of Casey Christie, journalistic photographer. Many San Clemente Island goats were not taken to the Fund for Animals' adoption facility, but instead to Carl Allen's Kern River Wildlife Sanctuary and adopted out from there. Christie took these photos at the Sanctuary for the Kern Valley Sun newspaper. The original photos and negatives were destroyed.

San Clemente Island buck at Kern River Wildlife Sanctuary

San Clemente Island buck in holding pen at Kern River Wildlife Sanctuary.
   —Courtesy of Casey Christie

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San Clemente Island bucks in headlock

San Clemente Island bucks butt heads.
   —Courtesy of Casey Christie

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San Clemente Island 'white' buck at Kern River Wildlife Sanctuary

San Clemente Island 'white' buck in holding pen at Kern River Wildlife Sanctuary awaiting adoption.
   —Courtesy of Casey Christie

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Young San Clemente Island bucks.

Young San Clemente Island bucks at Kern Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
   —Courtesy of Casey Christie

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The following photos are courtesy of Lorrie Boldrick, DVM. When the goats were rounded up on San Clemente Island to be adopted out on the mainland, Boldrick was involved in studying them. Her involvement continued when the goats reached the mainland. The photos show the goats before their removal from San Clemente Island.

Bottle feeding

Bottle feeding San Clemente Island newborns off-island (1).
   —Courtesy of Lorrie Boldrick

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Bottle feeding

Bottle feeding San Clemente Island newborns off-island (2).
   —Courtesy of Lorrie Boldrick

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Bottle feeding

Bottle feeding San Clemente Island newborns off-island (3).
   —Courtesy of Lorrie Boldrick

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Buck examination

Buck examination.
   —Courtesy of Lorrie Boldrick

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Taking blood sample.

Taking blood sample from buck.
   —Courtesy of Lorrie Boldrick

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Does and kids.

Does and kids.
   —Courtesy of Lorrie Boldrick

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Does in pen.

Does in pen.
Note virtual lack of facial stripes on center doe, and size of horns in foreground.
   —Courtesy of Lorrie Boldrick

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Does and kids.

Ear tagging San Clemente Island buck.
   —Courtesy of Lorrie Boldrick

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The following photos are courtesy of Dawn Seward, who worked with Bruce Coblentz in the Judas Goat Program to eliminate the goats from the Island. To find out more about the Judas Goat Program, please visit our Exit Stage Left page. The goats photographed here did not go on to breed on the mainland, but have traits that are within the genes of our mainland stock.

Dawn with 'panda' buck

San Clemente Island buck from Judas Goat Program.
Facial coloration is distracting, but San Clemente pattern is still visible.
   —Courtesy of Dawn Seward

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Judas Goat Program kid

Judas Goat Program kid.
   —Courtesy of Dawn Seward

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Judas Goat Program bucks

Bucks in Judas Goat Program.
Note horn variation.
   —Courtesy of Dawn Seward

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