The sheep in the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s new
Urban Farm are pleased to meet ewe!
There are two different sheep species who call the zoo home:
Shetland sheep and Babydoll sheep
Shetland sheep are a small-sized, wool-producing breed from the Shetland Isles, Scotland. Their roots extend back over 1,000 years. This breed is raised primarily for their very fine, soft wool – widely regarded as the finest of the British wools – but also for meat production and conservation grazing. They are found in many different colours (black, grey, white, brown, fawn, honey) and patterns.
Shetland sheep are highly adaptable to many climates. For centuries they have been known to survive successfully in difficult situations and on a poor diet. They are an easy-to-manage breed and like attention – many will wag their tails when petted.
The Edmonton Valley Zoo is home to two female Shetland sheep – nine-year-old Paris and eight-year-old Ruby.