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Scientific Name: 
Ammotragus lervia
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Cetartiodactyla
Family: 
Bovidae
Genus: 
Ammotragus
Species: 
lervia
Status: 
Vulnerable
Population Trend: 
Decreasing
Quick Facts

Life Span: 10-15 years, but up to 20 years in captivity

Size: 1.3m-1.75m long and 0.8-1m tall

Weight: 40-145kg

Collective Noun: Herd

Fun Facts

Horns: Both sexes have horns, with the males having larger ones than the females. Barbary Sheep lower their heads and charge when fighting to utilise these horns. The horns (rarely) can become locked together (note: no fossil evidence has been found of Barbary Sheep with locked horns – a myth!).
The horns are made of keratin (like our fingernails) and they are permanent, growing throughout the animal's lifetime

Drink: Barbary Sheep can go for extended periods of time without water, often not drinking for months. They get most of the water they need from their diet.
Barbary sheep at Taronga do like water and will bathe in it if available.

Hair: Both male & female Barbary sheep have a mane of long, soft hairs on their throat, chest and upper parts of their forelegs.

Camouflage: Their sandy coloured coats allow the Barbary Sheep to blend into their surroundings. When predators are close they will remain perfectly still for long periods of time, until the predator passes.

Photo by David Kirshner.

Barbary Sheep, also known as Mountatin Sheep or Aoudad, are a unique species of wild sheep native to North Africa.

At Taronga:

At Taronga Zoo, we currently have 19 Barbary Sheep. 

 

 

Region: 
Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
2008