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Barbary sheep

(engl: Barbary Sheep)

Born to climb

The barbary sheep has hard hooves and strong legs. This makes it a skillful jumper and climber. Only a few hours after birth, the offspring can follow their mother over hill and dale.

How desert animals survive

As inhabitants of the North African desert mountains, barbary sheeps can get by with little water. They are able to cover their water needs with juicy plant food and dew alone.

Mähnenschaf, Foto: Tom Burger
Mähnenschaf, Foto: Tom Burger
Verbreitungsgebiet: Mähnenschaf
Verbreitungsgebiet: Mähnenschaf
Scientific Surname Ammotragus lervia
Order Artiodactyla
Family Bovidae
Size male: shoulder height till 1 m, female till 85 cm
Weight male: till 140 kg, female: till 90 kg
Reproduction gestation period 160 days, 1-3 subadults
Distribution North Africa
Habitat mountain regions
Food Grasses, Herbs, leaves, shrubbery
Livestock endangered