The Transcaspian Urial (Ovis orientalis arkal) is a wild sheep, and an ungulate (hoofed) mammal. It is also known as an Arkal. It is related to the Armenian Mouflon (Ovis orientalis gmelini).
The Transcaspian Urial has reddish-brown long fur that fades in winter. The male has large horns that curve outwards. The female has shorter horns. The male also has a black ruff from its neck to its chest.
It grows to 80-90 centimetres (31-35 inches) at shoulder height. The horns of the male measure about 100 centimetres (39 inches) long.
The Urial (Ovis orientalis vignei) is native to western central Asia from north-eastern Iran and western Kazakhstan to Pakistan and India. The Transcaspian Urial is native to Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, northern Iran, and western Kazakhstan.
Its habitat consists of grassy slopes and rocky mountains.
It is a grazer, feeding on grass.
The male is solitary. The female lives with other females and their young. The males are called rams and females are called ewes. The female is pregnant for about 150 days before giving birth to one young, called a lamb.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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