Sure goats and their mythological counterparts are found in loads of fantastical stories, but fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss is partial to the very real goats that you can find on all kinds of farms from here to Uganda. He kind of likes pigs, too. We'll let him tell you why, but you can also hear more from him in the Holiday edition of World Ark magazine.

Author Patrick Rothfuss talks about why goats are his favorite of the Heifer animals.

Rothfuss, who has been running fundraisers for Heifer on his own and through his Worldbuilders organization since 2008, has raised raised millions of dollars and great awareness for Heifer International. And this year, his fans are helping Heifer in a fashion that's breaking records.

This year's fundraiser has already more money in its first week than it did in the first year, Rothfuss said on his blog. Since the launch on December 2, Worldbuilders has raised nearly $80,000 for Heifer. 

Amazing work we're definitely going to keep tabs on as we approach the end of the year. Thanks, Patrick, and to all the fans out there helping the Worldbuilders fundraiser this year.

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Annie Bergman

Bergman is a Global Communications Manager for Heifer and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo in her six years at Heifer. Bergman received her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Australian Aboriginal Studies from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her hobbies include hiking, golfing, cooking, reading and walking her dogs.