Scientific Name: Ammotragus Lervia

IUCN (Red List) Status: Vunerable (VU)


Barbary Sheep is a relatively large sheep. The main pelage of the Barbary sheep is brown; however, the chin, throat, chest, and insides of the front limbs are covered with long, white hair. This white hair is called the ventral mane and appears as if the sheep had a beard. Barbary sheep stand 60 to 90 cm tall at the shoulder, with a length around 1.5 m, and weigh 40 to 140 kg. They are sandy-brown, darkening with age, with a slightly lighter underbelly and a darker line along the back. Upper parts and the outer parts of the legs are a uniform reddish- or grayish-brown. Some shaggy hair is on the throat (extending down to the chest in males) with a sparse mane. Their horns have a triangular cross-section. The horns curve outward, backward, then inward, and can exceed 76 cm in length. The horns are fairly smooth, with slight wrinkles evident at the base as the animal matures.

Habitat: Savanna, Shrubland, Grassland, Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks), Desert. inhabit rocky and often precipitous areas, from near sea level up to snow-free areas at about 4,100 m (such as the Moroccan Atlas). They also require rocks or sparse tree cover for shade, and might wander far from water sources for long periods of time.

Animal Location: Savannah Sanctuary
Diet: This species is a generalist herbivore combining grazing with browsing, and can survive without drinking water for long periods (even years), eating succulent forbs.