BARBARY SHEEP

 

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

Order: Artiodactyla
Suborder: Rumiants
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Ammotragus
Specie: Ammotragus Lervia
Body height: 3,62 – 3,28 ft. 80 – 100 cm.
Weight: 198 – 330 lbs. 90 – 150 kgs.

HUNTING METHOD

Hunting is done by stalking in Almeria and Murcia in Government game reserves.

HUNTING SEASON

From September to May. The best hunting season is November and December.

GEOGRAPHIC RANGE

The Barbary sheep lives in the mountains of Almeria and Murcia, in Eastern Spain. The hunting area is at least 1,5 hours from Alicante airport.

HABITAT

Deserted and mountains lands.

CHARACTERISTICS

The Barbary sheep, also known as aoudad or arui, are a big horned sheep which is native to North Africa.  Its thick coat is sandy-brown, which darkens with age, has a slightly lighter underbelly and a dark line down the back.  This color blends perfectly with the rocks of the habitat where it lives.

The horns have a triangular cross section, curved first outwards, then backwards and finally inwards and reach up to 30 inches (76 cm) in length. The horns are smooth with wrinkles at the base. Aoudads form herds of adult males and females guided by a dominant male. Old males and pregnant females are solitary. Well suited to the mountain desert environment, they are extremely agile, jumping from stone to stone and climbing steep inclines. In the evening, they descend to the sparsely vegetated valleys to feed.