Sichuan blue sheep

Pseudois nayaur szechuanensis


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.

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Indoor exhibitions are closed on Mondays. The zoo's territory is open for walking until 8 PM.

How to get here

Paldiski mnt. 145 – North Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Freedom square (Vabaduse väljak) buses no. 22, 41, and 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Railway station (Balti jaam) buses no. 21, 41, and 43 (Bus stop Zoo)

Ehitajate tee 150 – West Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Karikakra or Nurmenuku) From Railway station (Balti jaam) bus no. 43 (Bus stop Karikakra, Nurmenuku or Zoo) Buses no. 10, 12, 13, 28, 37, 45, 46, 47

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E-R +372 6943 300; Emergency: 512 69 65

Ehitajate tee 150/Paldiski mnt. 145
Tallinn 13522, Estonia

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