Symposium on ecology and management of Barbary sheep
Samples of hair were obtained from five animal species from Giza Zoo, Giza, Egypt; a carnivore, American black bear (Ursus americanus), a primate, blue nile monkey (Cercopithecus mitis), and three artiodactyls, barbary sheep
(Ammotracus lervia), bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) and llama (Lama glama) from four animal per species (two males and two females, respectively).
Then came the click and clack of many hooves on rocks and a herd of Barbary sheep
, with a very good ram in the middle, rose out of the gorge and lay down.
No points system * Deer, Barbary sheep
, ibex, elk, Oryx, and antelope * No hunting license required to apply * February 4 deadline for Oryx * April 4 deadline for all other species * (505) 476-8000, www.
TR191207ZOO-8; Keeper Darren Maughan, left, and assistant curator Richard Brown at work with animal feeds TR191207ZOO-14; A Rothschilds giraffe TR191207ZOO-3; Eagle owls keep watch TR191207ZOO-16; A snow leopard wait for his Christmas lunch TR191207ZOO-5; Barbary sheep
look out from thier enclosure TR191207ZOO-13
A BARBARY sheep
was left with painfully overgrown hooves.
Ungulates keeper Adam Wrench said the leaves would create a good supply of fresh browse which can be given to the giraffes, tapirs, reindeer, Barbary sheep
and kangaroos throughout the months when all the trees on the site will be bare.
Maybe they aren't native, but the aoudad, or Barbary sheep
, is well-distributed in the mountains of West Texas, and they offer a genuine free-range mountain hunting experience not unlike hunting desert bighorns.
According to the booklet, "The Aoudads of Palo Duro Canyon," published by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, aoudad (pronounced OW-dad), or Barbary sheep
as they're called because they're native to the Barbary Coast of North Africa, are tough animals well adapted to tough terrain.
Many animals at the zoo have salt licks including camels, tapirs, Barbary sheep
But outside of high fences and pricey ranches that dot the roads around Del Rio, the brush gives way to a huge population of free-range Barbary sheep
, better known as aoudad.
This year's count-in has been boosted by the arrival of one of the world's rarest species, a male Sumatran tiger, Joao, plus a baby boom of Barbary sheep