Wildlife West saving lives of goats through unique yoga class


EDGEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE)- Kids doing yoga with kids, goats that is. A growing national trend is now hitting the state.

Owners of Wildlife West Nature Park say farmers typically don’t find a need for male goats which is why many are put down. But at Wildlife West, these goats are getting a second chance at life with yoga playing a crucial role.

Making friends with furry little animals, all while keeping in shape. It’s yoga like you have never seen it before. A class that offers kids and adults a chance to center themselves in the company of Norwegian Dwarf goats.

Each class starts with feeding the baby goats before moving on to a 30-to-45 minute yoga session.

It’s a perfect combination for instructor Mike Pogue, who’s been teaching yoga for four years.

Looking to connect his love for yoga with animals and create a class that would incorporate both passions, he approached Roger Alink, the owner of Wildlife West Nature Park.

โ€œI never met you before. My name is Mike. I want to bring goats. Weโ€™re going to do goat yoga class,โ€ Pogue said.

Pogue says without hesitation Alink agreed. Soon after, Pogue adopted 10 goats from a woman in Edgewood and brought them here to a safe haven at Wildlife West, where the classes are held.

โ€œThey do not allow the males to survive because there is no use for them. These goat dairies need the females for the goat milk and the goat cheese,โ€ Alink said.

All of the animals at Wildlife West have been rescued, many of which were considered “non-releasable.โ€ These are animals that are not able to live a normal life in their natural habitat, including these unique goats that Alink says would’ve been put down had it not been for their yoga class.

โ€œAll of these 10 have a home now, where they wouldn’t before,โ€ Alink said.

Organizers say it’s a win, win, win. A win for the goats that have been rescued, a win for yogis, and a win for Wildlife West which receives all of the profits from the yoga classes that will go towards continuing their effort of rescuing native animals.

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