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The Mouflon derived from a domestic sheep of Asia minor found on the Mediterranean islands. Mouflon sheep usually graze, but they are sometimes seen browsing as well. The lifespan of the Mouflon sheep is around eight to ten years, and the females are said to live a little longer than the males.

The males and females mingle during the mating season, whereas most of the time, they are seen to be living in separate groups. The gestation period of females lasts for about five to six months. The young ones, both males and females, attain sexual maturity at two to three years old.

A Mouflon sheep's natural habitat is temperate mountainous areas; their wide distribution is spotted in Europe, Sardinia, and Corsica. The status of European Mouflon has been declared as Endangered in the IUCN Red List Of Endangered Species. They are killed during hunting seasons as well. Some of the natural predators of these sheep are wolves, bears, eagles, and jackals.

Looking at things from the agricultural point of view, this is an economically important sheep worldwide. European Mouflons have given rise to various domestic sheep as well.

Here on our page, we have lots of interesting facts that everyone will enjoy. Let's have a look at these interesting facts, and if you do like these, then do read our ovenbird facts and sonoran pronghorn facts.

Mouflon

Fact File

What do they prey on?

Grass, shrubs, and trees

What do they eat?

Herbivore

Average litter size?

1-2

How much do they weigh?

198 lb (90 kg)

How long are they?

43.3-57 in (110-145 cm)

How tall are they?

35.4. in (90 cm)

What do they look like?

Grey with a reddish hue, tinges of brown and coffee

Skin Type

Hair

What are their main threats?

Humans, wolves, bears, eagles, and jackals

What is their conservation status?

Endangered

Where you'll find them

Mountainous areas, deserts, and grasslands

Locations

Western Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia

Kingdom

Animalia

Class

Mammalia

Scientific Name

Ovis gmelini musimon

Family

Bovidae

Genus

Ovis

Mouflon Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Mouflon?

A Mouflon (Ovis gmelini musimon) is a type of sheep native to Armenia, Turkey, and Iran. All modern domestic sheep breeds are said to have originated from a Mouflon. It is a breed of sheep.

What class of animal does a Mouflon belong to?

The class of animal that a Mouflon (Ovis gmelini musimon) belongs to is Mammalia.

How many Mouflons are there in the world?

The estimated population of the European Mouflon is around 6000-7000 individuals. They are found in many countries of Europe, Corsica, and several other countries of the world.

Where does a Mouflon live?

Their population is found living in many countries of Europe, Corsica, Mediterranean islands, and also different parts of the world, including Western Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia. They typically originate from Armenia, Turkey, and Iran.

What is a Mouflon's habitat?

The wild sheep population of Mouflon (Ovis gmelini musimon) is found living in various kinds of habitats ranging from desert savanna or dune savanna, temperate mountainous regions such as scrub forest mountains.

Who do Mouflons live with?

A Mouflon is found living with a species of its own kind. Since it was derived from a domestic sheep of Anatolia found in the Mediterranean islands, it is known to be co-existing with the species of its own kind and sometimes sheeps belonging to a different species.

How long does a Mouflon live?

The lifespan of males sheep Ovis orientalis is about eight to ten years, whereas that of the females is ten to twelve years.

How do they reproduce?

The male and female Ovis Orientalis live in separate groups and only meet during the mating season. In order to carry out mating, the males would approach the female wild sheep. The estrous cycle of a female falls between autumn to early winter. The gestation period of the ewe (female Mouflon) lasts for about five to six months. After mating, females go into cover to give birth to the young ones. The young ones, both the males and females, attain sexual maturity at around three years old.

What is their conservation status?

According to the IUCN, the conservation status of Mouflon has been declared as Endangered in the IUCN Red List Of Endangered Species. They are under the threat of becoming extinct or vulnerable. Right now, the estimated population of the European Mouflon is around 6000 to 7000 individuals. They are found in many countries of Europe and several other countries of the world.

Mouflon Fun Facts

What do Mouflons look like?

A Mouflon (Ovis orientalis) has a color varying from grey with a reddish hue to brown and coffee. The Mouflon males are of dark chestnut color, while females are beige. This wild animal has a height of 35.4 in (90 cm) and has an average weight of 198 lb (90 kg). The males have horns that are very large as compared to the females.

The male Armenian Mouflon has its standard inward curving horns with the tips curving outward.

How cute are they?

A Mouflon looks majestic, muscular, and strong. They do not look cute and their horns prove just that. They look majestic but certainly not cute.

How do they communicate?

A Mouflon communicates by creating short, somber, and bleating noises.

How big is a Mouflon?

It is eight times bigger than a rabbit. A Mouflon is 35.4 in (90 cm) tall and 43.3-57 in (110-145 cm) long.

How fast can a Mouflon run?

A Mouflon's speed is 20 mph (32 kph). Impressive, don't you think?

How much does a Mouflon weigh?

A Mouflon wild sheep weighs about 198 lb (90 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

A female Mouflon is called a ewe or dam, whereas a male Mouflon is called a buck or ram.

What would you call a baby Mouflon?

A baby Mouflon is called a lamb or lambkin. They look mighty cute!

What do they eat?

The diet of Mouflons includes grass, shrubs, and trees. They follow a strictly vegetarian diet.

Are they dangerous?

They are not dangerous. They live at peace, minding their own business.

Would they make a good pet?

They are not known to be good pets. They have their preferred regions to live in, and humans cannot provide those environments if they were to be kept as pets. Besides, they are wild animals, and they are best left to live in the wild.

Did you know...

One of the best Mouflon sheep facts is that Mouflons are shy animals.

They have strong bodies and legs to aid them in climbing steep surfaces.

Both males and females of the Mouflon type grow horns, but males have bigger horns which can grow up to 25 in (63 cm).

The name Mouflon is derived from Muflone in Italian, which means 'wild sheep'.

History of the Mouflon

A Mouflon was derived from a domestic sheep of the Asia minor region found in the Mediterranean.

Why are Mouflons endangered?

In the United States, it is one of the most popular meat breeds and, as such, is being killed a lot for its meat. Due to expanding agriculture and farming, their population level is being affected. They are killed during the hunting seasons as well.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals, including reindeer or buffalo.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Mouflon coloring pages.

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