Aoudad

Ammotragus lervia

They are a sandy-brown color, 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-brown or grayish-brown.  Barbary Sheep are found in arid mountainous areas where they graze and browse grass, bushes and lichens. They are able to obtain all their moisture from food, but if liquid water is available they drink it and wallow in it.

Listed as a vulnerable species it is not common in its native north Africa.  Females give birth frequently to twins after a gestation period of 160 days.  Both males and females grow long curved horns and males will develop an impressive apron of long hair from their chins to their toes when mature.

Aoudad do poorly in moist habitats and prefer arid, rugged terrain.  They can live up to 20 years in captivity.

Interesting Facts:

¨ It lives in family units led by a dominant female.

¨ The newborns are capable of traversing rocky hills just (almost immediately) after being born.

¨ As a means of protecting themselves, aoudad will stand completely still and often go unnoticed by their predator.

Young aoudad kids, group of female aoudad at the drive thru park, aoudad at the drive thru park enjoying thier rocks to climb on.