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Swiss Valais Blacknose Sheep

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General Information

This robust and docile breed are predominantly bred for their meat and wool. Their soft white fleece grows approximately 30cm per year and is used to make a variety of products including carpets, mattress stuffing and felting. A single Valais sheep can produce 4 kilos of wool a year!

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Latin name - Ovis aries

Class - Mammals

Order - Artiodactyla

Family - Bovidae

IUCN Status - Domesticated

Habitat - Domestic/Stony Pastures

Distribution - Valais region of Switzerland

Fun Fact

Males are usually larger than females but both produce distinct spiralling horns that form parallel to the jaws.

Keeper Notes

Our lovely valais blacknose sheep are named Tag & Hubie, two males that arrived at the zoo in early summer 2020. They soon became a firm favourite of our keepers and visitors because of their friendly, playful nature!

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