Ovis ammon NatureServe Explorer Species Reports — NatureServe Explorer is a source for authoritative conservation information on more than 50,000 plants, animals and ecological communtities of the U.S and Canada. NatureServe Explorer provides in-depth information on rare and endangered species, but includes common plants and animals too. NatureServe Explorer is a product of NatureServe in collaboration with the Natural Heritage Network. Ovis ammon is the largest of the world’s sheep, weighing in between 60 and 185 kg. Shoulder height is between 90 and 125 cm. Horns are a prominent feature on these animals. The Marco Polo sheep (Ovis ammon polii) is a subspecies of argali sheep, named after Marco Polo. Their habitat is the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Marco Polo sheep are distinguishable mostly by their large size and spiraling horns. Their conservation status is “near threatened” and efforts have been made to protect their numbers and keep them from commercial hunting. It has also been suggested that crossing them with domestic sheep could have agricultural benefits.
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|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|Endangered||06/14/1976||Foreign (Headquarters)||Wherever found except Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan|
|Threatened||06/23/1992||Foreign (Headquarters)||Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan|
|05/22/2002||67 FR 35942 35957||ETWP; Retention of Threatened Status for Argali in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan|
|04/27/1993||58 FR 25595 25600||ETWP; Proposed determination of Endangered Status for Argali (Ovis ammon)|
|06/23/1992||57 FR 28014 28024||ETWP; Addition of Argali to List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 57FR 28014 28024|
|10/05/1990||55 FR 40890 40896||ETWP; Proposed Threatened Status for Argali; 55 FR 40890 40896|
|06/14/1976||41 FR 24062 24067||Endangered Status for 159 Taxa of Animals; 41 FR 24062 24067|
|09/26/1975||40 FR 44392 44333||CITES: Proposed Endangered Status for 216 Species on Convention Appendix I; 40 FR 44392 44333|