Somali sheep – Карельский зоопарк

Somali sheep

Class: Mammals

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Bovidae

Weight: 52-68 kg

Height: 60-68 cm

Body length: 50-70 cm

Coloration: White with a black head and neck

Age of sexual maturity: 5-7 months

Gestation period: 5 months

Lifespan: on average, 12-15 years

Habitat: Found in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Brazil

Diet: Hay, grass

Did you know?

  • The Somali sheep is a direct ancestor of the Blackhead Persian breed, which was developed in South Africa from the late 19th to early 20th century and has been widely used for crossbreeding in many tropical regions.
  • These sheep are also known as Blackhead Berbera.
  • Some individuals lack an external ear flap.