|Don't "Fry" Day |
Fri, May 24, 10:00am - 2:00pm
|World Oceans Day |
Sat, Jun 8, 10:00am - 2:00pm
|Father's Day |
Sun, Jun 16, 10:00am - 5:00pm
|DEAR at the Zoo (Drop Everything and Read) |
Wed, Jun 19, 10:00am - 3:00pm
|Brew at the Zoo |
Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
|Fun on the Farm |
Tue, Jul 9, 10:00am - 2:00pm
- 10-12 years on average
- Up to 20 years under good care
- Males: 225-275 pounds
- Females: 150-200 pounds
- Breed originated in Kent, United Kingdom
- Romney sheep are a hardy breed and thrive in poor weather conditions, such as extreme rain and wind; but also do well in more stable, temperate climates
- Wild - Grasses and other wild plant matter
- Zoo - A mixture of Timothy/Alfalfa hay
- Females reach sexual maturity around 8 months of age males reach sexual maturity within 6 months. Once females are sexually mature they will go through an estrous cycle every 17 days, emitting scents to alert males when they are ready to breed. Gestation lasts about 5 months, after which the female (ewe) will give birth to one to two lambs. Lambs are typically able to stand within an hour after their birth.
- Romney wool has the finest fiber diameter of any of the long wool breeds, which makes their wool softer for garments.
- As is common with ruminant animals, these sheep have no upper incisors or canines; instead they have a rough pad on the roof of their mouth.
- Romney sheep are resistant to hoof rot, a common issue with hoofed mammals. This makes them ideal for farmers living in moist areas of the world.
- Wool shorn from a mature female (ewe) can weigh as much as 12 pounds!
- Romney sheep are typically bred for cream or white wool color, but the natural color is brown, like our sheep, Iggy.
- Romney sheep get their name from the marsh they originated in, the Romney Marsh.
- Our female sheep, Iggy, is extremely friendly and will readily greet staff and visitors who wander into the contact area. She loves a good scratching by her ears!
- Romney. February 1995. Oklahoma State University. November 2011 http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/romney/
- Feldhamer, George A. et al., Mammalogy: Adaptation, diversity, and ecology. 2nd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.
- CITES Appendices. Accessed December 2012. www.cites.org
- IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Accessed December 2012. www.iucnredlist.org