Check out Australia Zoo’s Sheep!
You won’t fall asleep counting sheep in our very own Kids Petting Zoo, right here at Australia Zoo. You can feed, pat and fall in love with our sweetheart sheep all day long. They love meeting all of our visitors!
There are over 1,000 species of sheep and they were among the first animals to ever be domesticated. Sheep are highly social but usually only with their own gender. Males, known as rams, herd together in what’s called a “bachelor herd”. Crikey, that’s a lot of testosterone! In order to establish dominance, using their horns, males will ram each other at speeds of up to 32 kilometres per hour.
Sheep are herbivorous and primarily feed on grasses, seeds and plants. They are also ruminants, meaning they have multi-chambered stomachs. To completely digest their food, sheep will regurgitate their food into their mouths, rechew and swallow. This regurgitated food is called cud.
We bet you didn’t know this – sheep have excellent peripheral vision, equipped for them to see up to 300 degrees at a time. They can see behind them, without even having to turn their head! This helps them stay safe from predators. Crikey that’s cool!
There are multiple wild sheep species found throughout the world, although approximately one billion sheep are considered domesticated. Domestic sheep populations are very healthy.
90 - 125 centimetres at shoulder
45 - 160 kilograms
approx. 147 days