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Barbary sheep
Barbary sheep
Deserted mountains, canyons and rocks - the native element of the maned ram.
Type: Chordates
Class: Mammals
Order: Artiodactyls
Family: Bovids
Genus: Maned sheep
Species: Maned ram
General Settings
  • Its habitat is North Africa. Currently acclimatized in Spain and North America (California, Texas and New Mexico).
  • Length-130-165 cm, height at the withers 75-100 cm.
  • The weight of males is 100-140 kg, females – 40-55 kg.
  • The basis of the diet is grass, lichens and shrub shoots.
  • Life expectancy is up to 20 years.

Males and females of the maned ram have curved horns and a mane of long hair covering the lower part of the neck, chest and upper part of the front legs.


Social behavior


The maned ram is a herd animal. In the group there is one adult male and females with cubs. Older males keep to themselves. Young males (bachelors) get together in small groups consisting of 4-6 individuals.


Reproduction


The gestation period is 150-165 days. The female gives birth to 1, less often 2-3 cubs, which weigh 1.5-3 kg each. Females retire before giving birth, and after giving birth they return with their young. The cubs feed on their mother's milk for 3-4 months.


Species and people


Due to excessive hunting, the maned ram was extremely rare in North Africa. In the United States, the species is specially bred on ranches for sport hunting.


Interesting Facts


In maned rams, the tail is bare from below. There are glands that secrete a sharp smell.

Sharp hooves with an elastic "sole" of maned rams do not slip even on steep slopes.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex