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Aoudads (Barbary Sheep)

The Aoudad, also known as the Barbary Sheep, is a goat-antelope found in the rocky mountains of North Africa.

Aoudads stand 30 to 40 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 90 to 310 pounds. Aoudads are sandy brown with a slightly lighter underbelly.

Shaggy hair coats the throat, which extends down to the chest in male Aoudads. They also have a sparse mane. Aoudad horns have a triangular cross-section. The horns curve outwards, backwards and then inwards and can reach up to 20 inches.

Aoudads are found in arid mountainous areas. They are herbivores and remain solitary, for the most part. They eat grass, bushes, lichen and acacia. They are crepuscular, meaning that they are active in the early morning and late afternoon, but resting in the heat of the day. They are very agile and can jump over eight feet from a standing stop.

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