Our Neighborhood's Biodiversity Map

* Please click the continent to see the endangered species of our neighborhood.
Arkive species - Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia) * To See the original image, please click the image
Shared by : Anishka Jha (UAE)
Region : North Africa, North America, southern Europe
Status : VU (Vulnerable)
The Barbary sheep (scientific name: Ammotragus lervia) is a species of caprid native to rocky mountains in North Africa. Although it is rare in its native North Africa, it has been introduced to North America, southern Europe, and elsewhere. The Barbary sheep is on the red list of IUCN since 2008. Their struggle over food and water with domesticated animals has put them on the brink of extinction. The Barbary Sheep lives in the deserts of North Africa. They eat vegetation such as grass, tree leaves, and fruits. Vegetation is scarce in the desert, so the Barbary Sheep can't afford to be picky. While their near-wild population has increased on the North American continent, the reason they were transferred there was to serve as a game for sport hunting. People have raised concerns about pleasure hunting for an animal that is endangered in Africa. The sheep is going extinct so it can please humans?



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