Sichuan blue sheep
Pseudois nayaur szechuanensis
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The blue sheep, endemic to the Plateau of Tibet, is evolutionally intermediate between goats and sheep, having characteristic features of both. The blue sheep are found in Himalayas, Tibet and other montane regions of Central Asia. The subspecies Sichuan blue sheep occurs in China and Mongolia. Total number: >20,000?, ↓
The blue sheep inhabit open slopes and plateaus at elevations of 2,500–6,500 m. Their bluish grey colour provides natural camouflage against the rocky terrain and when approached, they remain motionless. Sensing real danger, they take to difficult-to-reach places.
In winter, gathering to valleys and forming herds of several hundred individuals, they become easy prey for poachers. Uncontrolled poaching is the primary reason for their decrease.
International studbook for the blue sheep is kept by Paris Menagerie.
The horn length of an adult male is up to 65 cm.