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 Shetland sheep

Scientific name: Ovis aries

Habitat: prairies, savanna, farmland

Diet: shrubs, grasses

Life span: 8-10 years

Young: 1-2 young/litter (lamb)

Size: males 40-55 kg (90-125 lbs); females 35–45 kg (75–100 lbs)

Viking settlers brought sheep to the Shetland Islands over 100 years ago. These sheep bred with the local wild sheep to create the Shetland breed. Shetlands still retain many of their wild ancestors' survival instincts, allowing them to thrive under harsh climatic conditions and on a meagre diet.

Shetland sheep are raised for both their meat and their fine soft wool.

Learn more about this species:

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Shetland sheep on Wikipedia

Shetland sheep photo gallery


Range: Shetland islands

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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