Barbary sheep

About This Project

Native to the Sahara mountains, Barbary sheep have adapted to life in a dry climate and are particularly agile on the rocky and steep terrain there. They have a sparse mane and a patch of shaggy hair on their throats, so they look as if they have grown a beard! The male’s horns can grow up to 80 cm long, but the female’s never exceed 40 cm.

At La Barben we have a large herd of Barbary sheep and new lambs are born regularly. You can see them in their recently refurbished enclosure.

Latin name: Ammotragus lervia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Size: 1.3 – 1.7 m long
Weight: 40 – 145 kg
Lifespan: 20 years
Gestation: 5 months
Number of young: 1
Habitat: mountain
Diet: herbivorous
Distribution: Atlas Mountains in North Africa and rocky regions of the Sahara.
Conservation status: vulnerable