Saint Jacob Sheep – Карельский зоопарк

Saint Jacob Sheep

Class: Mammals

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Bovidae

Weight: 36-82 kg

Height: 45-60 cm

Body Length: 80-100 cm

Color: Dark with patches of white wool

Age of Sexual Maturity: 6 months

Gestation Period: 150-160 days

Lifespan: 10 to 18 years

Habitat: England, North Africa, Spain

Diet: Various herbaceous vegetation

Did you know?

  • This is a very old and rare breed with a deep historical lineage. It is believed that Saint Jacob received this breed of sheep from his father-in-law. Ancestors of this breed were known over 3000 years ago in the Middle East and were brought to England in the 17th century for decorative purposes.
  • Saint Jacob sheep have a strong affinity for salt.
  • A distinctive feature of this breed is polyceraty, meaning they typically have four horns.
  • These animals can “work” within a flock as herders, corralling strays and keeping the group together.