Barbary sheep

Originally from Africa, this sheep species was introduced in the southwest of the United States. Also known as barbary sheep, they are well adapted to a dry climate. They can survive long periods of time without freshwater by using their metabolic water. 

Fast Facts

  • These sheep live in small groups, usually with one dominate male and a number of females.
  • Both male and females have horns, but males horns are larger.
  • Because barbary sheep live in desert areas, they tend to be crepescular, meaning they are active at dawn and dusk when the temperature is cooler. 

Scientific name

Ammotragus lervia
Range  North Africa
Conservation status Vulnerable
Diet Herbivore
Zoo name(s) Daphne
Zoo location The Loop

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