Somali Black Headed Sheep
The Somali sheep was predominately reared for meat production, and the breed is an ancestor of the Blackhead Persian sheep from South Africa. As well as a distinctive black head, the Somali sheep has an odd shape, as it stores fat in its hindquarters. They are hardy and thrive in arid and semi-arid conditions, but can adapt to both hot and cold conditions.
As a hair sheep, the Somali sheep will shed its longer hair in the spring and does not require shearing.
Latin name - Ovis aries Somali
Class - Mammal
Order - Artiodactyla
Family - Bovidae
Habitat - Somalia & Southern Africa
The fat stored in their rump enables them to survive the dry season or periods of poor food availability, potentially allowing them to go up to a month without food or water!
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