Originating on and Island off the coast of California, these sheep are believed to have developed from Merino, Rambouillet and Churra sheep in the early 1800s. At some point some of the sheep escaped and began flourished as feral sheep. They survived in harsh conditions with sparse forage. Santa Cruz sheep have a fine fleece that has an unusually elastic quality. It is prized by those handspinners that are aware of this unique fleece. Santa Cruz Sheep are listed as critically endangered by The Livestock Conservancy.
To learn more about this rare breed, please visit http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/santa-cruz