Damara

Special Characteristics: 
A fat-tailed, smooth haired, predominantly brown sheep; other coat colours also occur; rams are usually horned, heavy and masculine; ewes are polled and light framed; have long productive life under arid, semi-desert conditions (Ramsay et al., n.d.).
Origin: 
Fat-tailed sheep arrived in South Africa between 200 and 400 AD; the Damara, Herero, Namaqua and the Kam Karrin Hottentot tribes farmed and traded with what has become the Damara sheep of today; the name is derived from the Damara area of Namibia where the largest population of the breed is found; commercialisation of the breed started at the Omatjienne Research Station near Otiwarongo in Namibia in the late 1950s, later some animals were imported to South Africa, where the breed society was established in 1992 (Ramsay et al., n.d.).
Habitat: 
South Africa
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