* Threatened or Endangered

Transcaspian Urial *

 : Ovis orientalis arkal

 : Mammal

 : Grasslands in northern India, Iran and nearby areas.

 : Grass, shrubs, and sometimes grains.

 : 3 to 4 feet tall / 3.5 to 5 feet long. Up to 200 lbs.

 : Vulnerable


• The Transcaspian Urial, a wild sheep, is vulnerable due to habitat loss and poaching.

• These sheep have a strict social hierarchy that is based on the size of a male’s horns.

• Males fight for dominance by pushing against each other with their horns. Usually, the male with the biggest horns will become the leader.

• Due to these magnificent horns, Urials are prized by trophy hunters and poachers.

• Hunting and poaching, combined with competition for resources in habitats that are already low in resources, has caused their populations to decrease.