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Moutons rouges du Roussillon

Scientific name:  Ovis aries
Class:  Mammals
,  Europe
,  Africa
Habitat:  Déserts et campagne
Diet:  Herbivore
Weight:  50 - 100 kg
Size:  80 - 90 cm

This sheep is highly valued for its fertility and milk.

They are ruminant herbivores that feed on grass, hay and seeds and live between 12 and 14 years. The ewe can give birth to 1 or 2 young after a gestation of 5 months and she nurses them for 6 weeks. Sheep are raised for their meat, their milk (which is made into butter and cheese), their hair (wool) and their skin (leather). The main sheep farms are found in Australia, New Zealand, Patagonia (southern South America), China, India and the United Kingdom. The Rouge du Roussillon breed comes from a North African breed. It was bred in the south of France for its meat but nearly died out until a rescue plan was put in place in the early 1980s.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The Rouge du Roussillon sheep comes from a North African breed. In decline after the 1950s, the breed was saved by a rescue plan set up in 1981.