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Barbary Sheep Ammotragus lervia


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Barbary Sheep
credit: Rei/CCSA

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Family: Bovidae, Cattle, Goats, and Sheep view all from this family

Description A large exotic sheep with long, curved horns and long hair on the throat, chest, and front of the legs. Tail is long and tufted. Upperparts are rufous or grayish brown with a blackish mid-dorsal line. Flanks, inner surface of legs and belly are whitish; chest is colored like the sides. Yellowish horns darken with age.

Dimensions 1.4-1.8m, 14-25 cm, 100-145kg; / 45-65kg

Habitat Alpine & subalpine habitats, Canyons & caves

Range Southwest, Texas, California

Discussion Native to the Sahara Desert of North Africa, introduced into California, New Mexico, and Texas (mostly Panhandle region). Inhabits dry, rough, barren, and waterless habitat, where it likely competes with native Bighorn Sheep.