Area of zoo
Enclosure status
IUCN status
Least Concern
Scientific name
Ovis aries

About our Boreray sheep

We have a trio of female Boreray sheep  here at our farm name 'Sticky', 'Toffee' & 'Pudding'.

Boreray sheep facts

  • Boreray sheep are one of the rarest sheep breeds in the UK.
  • Boreray sheeps wool is quite rough and is mostly used to make tweed and carpet yarn.
  • The island that Boreray sheep come from was evacuated in 1930 and has had no permanent human inhabitants since. In the 1970’s a small group of 6 Boreray sheep where brought to the Scottish mainland but the main population of Boreray sheep is the feral flock left on the island.
Boreray sheep at Whipsnade zoo
Boreray sheep at Whipsnade zoo

What do Boreray sheep look like?

Boreray sheep usually have cream coloured fleece with some patches of grey or black and white faces and legs. There can sometimes be Boreray sheep with fully grey or dark brown fleeces. Both the male and female Boreray sheep have horns, rams horns grow to be spiralled and heavy.

What do Boreray sheep eat?

Boreray sheep enjoy grazing on pasture and meadow grassland.

Where are Boreray sheep from?

Boreray sheep come from the Island of Boreray which is one of the smaller islands in the St Kilda group in Scotland. 

Meet the Sheep

Come and meet our fleecy friends on your next trip to Whipsnade Zoo.