The Aoudad, also known as the Barbary Sheep, is a reddish caprid with horns that curve backward, outwards, then back inwards, increasing in length and mass as the animal ages. Their coat is rough, but their shaggy “chaps” are prized by hunters and get more impressive with maturity. These “goat-antelopes” are agile and quick-moving, bounding through rocks and thick brush as though it was a manicured field. They are classified as vulnerable in their native Africa, they have adapted extraordinarily well to the terrain and climate of Texas and have populated many areas of the state naturally. The ewes have smaller horns and body weight, while the mature males exhibit thick, curved horns that can exceed 30”+ in length. If you’re lucky, you may get to see our friendly Cindy Lou, who was an orphan ewe who has been integrated into her herd, but also stops by the truck sometimes to say hi.
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