The Barbary Sheep (Ammotragus lervia) is a species of goat-antelope, called a caprid. It lives in the mountains of North Africa in countries such as Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Sudan, and Morocco.
Barbary Sheep are light-brown with a slightly lighter underbelly and a darker line across the back. As the sheep ages, its colour becomes darker. Its legs are reddish-brown or grey-brown. It has shaggy hair on its throat. Their smooth horns curve outward, backward, and then inward.
They are ungulates because they have hooves. They are very agile and can climb rocky hills. They can also jump.
Barbary Sheep grow to 80-100 centimetres (2.6 to 3.3 feet) tall at the shoulder. Their horns can reach up to 50 centimetres (20 inches) long.
Barbary Sheep like dry mountainous areas, where they can graze on grass.
Barbary Sheep are crepuscular because they are most active at dawn and dusk. They rest during the heat of the day.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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