Rouge du Roussillon Sheep

Seasonal migrants

Traditionally, Rouge de Roussillon were kept by French shepherds on seasonal mountain pastures often hundreds of kilometres apart. The breed is robust and requires very little food. Both this sheep and the practice of “transhumance” are threatened with extinction.


  • Habitat

    France, Germany

  • Diet

    Grasses, herbaceous plants, leaves

  • Size

    approx. 70 cm

  • Weight

    40 to 70 kg

  • Gestation period

    5 months

  • Achievable age

    up to 12 years

  • Status

    The Rouge de Roussillon is highly endangered.

    What are domestic animals?

    Domestic animals are those animals that are of direct use to humans in some way. They include livestock such as cattle, pets like cats and dogs, and even semi-domesticated wild animals like red deer and trout. Present-day domestic animals are the descendants of wild species that human beings saw a use for. Although the domestication process was different for each species, the outcome was the same: a few individuals ended up in the hands of humans and were gradually bred to better meet our requirements. Sought-after characteristics included, for example, less aggression in dogs, or cows that produced greater quantities of milk. This Tierpark Berlin blog explains why some domesticated animals are now endangered and why it is important to conserve domestic species: Helping the animals that help us – Where do we get our tasty cheese, warm socks, and sizzling sausages?

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