Aoudad sheep

BARBARY SHEEP –AOUDAD- (Ammotragus Lervia)
BARBARY SHEEP –AOUDAD- (Ammotragus Lervia)
DISTRIBUTION:

Barbary sheep have become common in a limited region of the south-east of Spain, since its introduction in 1970 to Sierra Espuña (Regional Park) as a game species. Its adaptability enabled it to colonise nearby areas quickly, and private game estates provided other centers of dispersion. The species is currently expanding, now being found in the provinces of Alicante, Almeria, Granada and Murcia.

DESCRIPTION:

The Barbary Sheep is a species of caprid (goat-antelope) native to rocky mountains in North Africa. It is also known as aoudad, waddan, arui, and arruis.
Barbary Sheep stand 80 to 100 cm (2.6 to 3.3 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh 40 to 140 kg (88 to 310 lb). 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. There is some shaggy hair on the throat (extending down to the chest in males) and a sparse mane. Their horns have a triangular cross section. The horns curve outwards, backwards then inwards, and reach up to 50 cm (20 in). The horns are smooth, but wrinkled at the base.

SEASON:

October – February.

RUT:

December.

METHOD:

Spot & stalk.