Armenian Mouflon

The Armenian Mouflon (Ovis orientalis gmelini) is an endangered wild sheep, and an ungulate (hoofed) mammal. It is also known as the Armenian Sheep, Armenian Red Sheep, Iranian Red Sheep, or Trans-Caucasian Sheep. 

The Armenian Mouflon looks like a sheep, but with reddish-brown fur, like a goat. Its underbelly is white. It has cloven (split) hoofs. It has large brown eyes. The male has wide, ridged horns, like the horns of a ram. It has small triangular ears. 

It measures about 100 centimetres (39 inches) tall. Its horns measure about 70 centimetres (28 inches) long. 

Armenina Mouflon

The Armenian Mouflon is native to Armenia, Georgia, Iran, and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus region. It lives mostly in open, rough terrain at medium or high altitudes, where it inhabits rocky hill country, lowland and highland steppes, rocky semi-deserts, grass-covered slopes, and alpine meadows. 

It spends summer at the highest elevations, right below the permanent snow. In winter, it moves lower down and may come into the valleys. 

It is mainly nocturnal, active at night. It eats grass. It is a grazer. 

It lives in small or large herds, and in the summer, the older males live singly or in separate groups. 

The Armenian Mouflonmay live up to 18 years.

Armenina Mouflon
Armenina Mouflon
Armenina Mouflon
Armenina Mouflon
Armenina Mouflon

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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