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Scientific name: Ovis aries

I'm a native rare breed

The sheep is a ruminant mammal typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates.

In the UK, there are more than 90 different breeds and cross-breeds of sheep that all have different qualities: some can survive on mountains, some make great mothers and some produce tasty lamb chops!

Sheep’s wool is the most sustainable fibre in the world. It's a natural product of the sheep’s life cycle and the welfare of sheep is improved by them being shorn. An adult ewe produces one fleece per year.

At Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, we have three breeds of native sheep, this includes our Polled Dorsets, Jacobs and our rare breed Whitefaced Woodland sheep.  

  1. At Noah's Ark...

    We have 3 species of sheep... Jacobs, Dorset and White Face Woodland.

  1. Size Fact

    Full grown adult sheep can weigh up to 90kg.

  2. Food Fact

    Sheep are herbivorous mammals. Lamb (the meat) has lots of nutrients, including iron, protein, folates, zinc and B vitamins.

  3. Fun Fact

    Ewes can recognise their lambs by their call.

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