Marco Polo Sheep


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Marco Polo Sheep (Ovis ammon polii)

The Marco Polo Sheep is a subspecies of argali sheep, or mountain sheep, named after the 13th century explorer Marco Polo. It was described in his book, “The Travels of Marco Polo.” It inhabits the mountainous regions of Central Asia, such as the Pamir Mountains and the Wakhan Corridor along Afghanistan’s border. The Marco Polo Sheep is herbivorous and feed on grass, herbs, and other plants. As a subspecies of the argali sheep, it is among the largest sheep in the world, weighing in between sixty to one hundred eighty-five kilograms. Marco Polo Sheep have a lifespan of approximately thirteen years in the wild.