Aoudad

Our Residents 

The Spring River Zoo has two Aoudads, Barbie and Bugsy. They are both five years old. 

Creature Features 

Description                                                                                                                                                                                              The aoudad has a light reddish brown short, bristly outer coat that blends in well with the sandy rocks of the desert mountains, and darkens as the animal ages. Its underbelly is lighter in color and has a darker line along the back. One of the most distinguishable features about the aoudad is the long, vertical fringe of hair that goes from the throat down to the upper part of the front legs. They have large horns that curve outward, backward and then inward again, with the horns of the male being longer than those of the female.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                     Aoudads are grazers and will eat a wide variety of grasses, flowers, young plants, leaves and shrubs. They are able to go without water for a long period of time as they are able to get all the moisture they need from the foods they eat and dew.

Reproduction                                                                                                                                                                                              Although they can breed at any time of the year, the peak breeding time is September to November. The kids are weaned at 3 to 4 months of age and reach sexual maturity after 18 months. A female can give birth twice a year.

Fun Facts

  • Other Names: Barbary Sheep, Wadden, Arui, Arruis, Aaddan
  • Scientific Name: Ammotragus lervia
  • Conservation Status: Vulnerable
  • Lifespan:15 to 20 years
  • Body Length: 2.6 ft to 3.3 ft tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 88 to 310 pounds
  • Gestation: 160 days
  • Number of Young: 1 to 3 kids
  • Habitat: Dry rocky mountains
  • Distribution: Aoudads are naturally found in Northern Africa and Northern Chad. There is introduced populations in Southeastern Spain and Southwestern United States, Mexico and some parts of Africa.

Did You Know?

Female aoudads are more aggressive than males. Aoudads are very agile and are often observed jumping and climbing from place to place. From a standing start they can jump over an obstacle of 2 meters (6.6ft.)