Cameroon Sheep06 Sep 2017
One of The World’s Rarest Breeds of Sheep
Born at Puxton Park
Puxton Park tourist attraction has welcomed the arrival of two Cameroon lambs, one of the world’s rarest breeds of sheep normally found in Africa.
With less than 700 Cameroon Sheep remain in the world, we are very pleased to have welcomed two male lambs as part of our breeding programme.
Our animal park has five of the domesticated dwarf animals on site and we aim to protect the rare species by securing their future existence.
Both baby lambs, named Woody and Buzz, are being closely nurtured by their mothers, Apunda and Chinandi, under the watchful eye of Puxton’s animal carers.
Animal keeper, Joe Huntley, said: “We are thrilled to announce the safe birth of two male Cameroon lambs bred from our male Deka, and females, Apunda and Chinandi.
“Cameroon Sheep can produce two lambs a year which is wonderful news allowing us to do everything we can to protect this species, of which under 700 remain in the world.
“An interesting fact about them is that they have a fur coat instead of wool. They are generally found in South West and Central Africa.
“We are hopeful that the two little ones will also eventually be able to become breeding males for us in the future and extend our Cameroon family.
“The playful pair, who will only grow to around 25 kilos (55lbs) by the age of three-years, are already enjoying meeting and being fed grass nuts by visitors in the animal discovery barn.”
We are also delighted to announce the arrival of a new miniature Shetland Pony, named Willow, who is striving among the thousands of animals on the working farm.