BARBARY SHEEP

(Ammotragus lervia)

BARBARY SHEEP

Distribution:

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The Barbary Sheep is a species of caprid native to rocky mountains in North Africa. Six subspecies have been described so far. Although it is rare in its native North Africa, it has been introduced to North America and southern Europe. 

CHARACTERISTICS
The barbary sheep stand 80 to 100 cm tall at the shoulder and weigh 40 to 140 kg.
They have a coppered brown fur and a short and straight tail.  Their fur is shorter on the body and longer on the throat, chest and upper parts of the front legs.
It also has long back-curved horns which reach a length of 84 cm. These horns are more developed in males.

BEHAVIOR
For dominance and access to the female groups, males attack each other holding their heads bent down.

DIET
The barbary sheep feed on a variety of vegetables materials.

PHOTOS:

  • BARBARY SHEEP
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