Aoudad (Barbary Sheep)

Our Aoudad, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Aoudad (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Aoudad Facts
Aoudad (Barbary Sheep)

Ammotragus lervia

Life Span
Wild: 15 years
Captivity: 20 years
2.6-3.3 feet at the shoulder
Average Weight
up to 300 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Aoudad, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Auodads, also called barbary sheep, are native to Northern Africa and live in mountainous areas.  There is much speculation between whether this species is a type of sheep or goat.
  • They have large, thick horns that curve backwards. They may grow to be nearly 2 feet long. Both males and females have horns.
  • These sheep are very sure footed and are strong jumpers. They can easily clear obstacles as high as 6.5 feet. Newborn Aoudads can move across rocky ground soon after birth.
  • Aoudads are nearly extinct in their original range of North Africa. However they have been introduced for the purpose of hunting to the United States, Spain, Mexico, and the Canary Islands.
  • Their natural predators are leopards and caracals. However, humans now threaten their numbers by destroying their habitats.

Did You Know?

Aoudads live in rocky areas, so they need to be sure footed. There are very few places to hide in their habitat because of the lack of vegetation. When danger is near they will freeze in an attempt to go unnoticed.