Ovis ammon severtzovi

Kyzyk kum argali

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Mammals (Mammalia)
Order Even-hoofed mammals (Artiodactyla)
Family Hollow-horned ruminants (Bovidae)
Genus Sheep (Ovis)
Species Authority Masonov, 1914
Summary Status: endangered (Category I), this subspecies may have already disappeared from Kazakstan, but in Uzbekistan its population has been partially restored. In the past this sheep inhabited the area between the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya Rivers. It currently can be found in the Nuratau mountains of Uzbekistan. The total number of this sheep in the Nuratau State Reserve is about 1,000 individuals. Basic limiting factors are poaching and cattle grazing in its care habitat. To save the existing population in the central part of the Kyzyl Kum Desert in Uzbekistan it will be necessary to create a nature reserve in the Aktau mountains and to intensify protection in the existing habitat areas.

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