This species is generally found throughout Central Asia, while their subspecies are restricted to different regions such as to the west of Uzbekistan is found the Ovis Ammon severtzovi and the Altai Argali is found to the east of Mongolia. The many habitats of Argali are the mountainous regions at elevations up to 1.300 - 1,600 meters above sea level. These regions are dry alpine habitats.
Argalis are considered to be highly gregarious animals.
The Argalis are herbivorous animals and feed on herbs, sedges, and grass. During summer, the grass is dried and Argalis are seen migrating to higher elevations in search of food.
There is a serious threat to Argalis throughout their range and some of their subspecies are facing the worst situation and are on the verge of extinction. Since more and more land is being cultivated, their habitats are increasingly at a loss and perhaps, domestication of sheep has also caused a serious threat to their existence. The high cost of their horns attracts hunters throughout their range affecting their population number significantly.
Sustainable organization of the hunting of argalis can make it possible to conserve some of the species of this animal and that is the only hope to save them from extinction. Although controversial, this method can raise the value of argalis among the local people, protect its habitat, and if a careful monitoring of the revenue obtained is ploughed back, then this can do a great deal in conserving this species. The two species that are at the highest risk of extinction are the Ovis Ammon nigrimontana and the Ovis Ammon hodgsonii.
The Argali is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
CountriesAfghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, China, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
Argali habitatsDesert, Forest, Grassland, Shrubland, Temperate Desert, Temperate forest, Temperate Grassland, Temperate Shrubland and Tundra
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 160 kg (352 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 17 years
Female maturity :403 days
Male maturity : 823 days
Gestation : 170 days
Weaning : 135 days
Litter size : 1
Litters per year : 1
Interval between litters : 365 days
Weight at birth : 3.4 kg (7.48 lbs)