(Ovis aries musimon)

The European mouflon is an ancient form of domestic sheep that originates from the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia; it is thought to be descended from semi-domesticated wild sheep from the Near East brought to Sardinia around 8,000 years ago.  The horns of males can be up to 60 cm long and are curved into a circle, sometimes converging at the neck in the oldest males The coat colour is reddish brown, darker in winter when males have a black mane, with whitish tones on the snout.

Gestation period:

150 – 210 days

Threats to species:

This species is under threat through loss of habitat as well as poaching and wild fires.



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