Sheep are complex and intelligent animals.

Sheep are hooved mammals with woolly coats who feel a wide range of emotions, from anger to boredom and happiness. They form strong bonds with one another and can interpret different emotional expressions, which helps them develop their relationships. One study found that sheep can recognize the faces of up to 50 other sheep and retain this knowledge for up to two years.

Bighorn sheep stands in a canyon
Sheep face a multitude of threats across different environments.

Wild sheep are vulnerable to trophy hunting, poaching and habitat loss. Sheep raised for their wool, meat and milk often live in substandard conditions and lambs may even have their tails painfully “docked.” Sheep can also be found in research labs and medical schools where they’re used for cruel testing.

three audad sheep stand in a grassy field
JP Bonnelly
Did you know?

The largest species of wild sheep—the argali—can weigh up to 400 pounds.

A male leopard of approximately 70 kg is shot in Namibia by a white hunter

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