Species / International Ovis

Kamchatka Snow Sheep

Ovis nivicola nivicola


The Kamchatka Peninsula of Siberia, south of the low-lying isthmus that occurs at about latitude 60°N.


Usually darker in color than the other snow sheep and lacking a white (or light) forehead patch. Horns on average have heavier bases than the mainland snow sheep. Color is grayish-brown or grizzled. The white rump patch is rather small and is divided by a dark stripe that continues down the tail. Muzzle is white, but the brown facial band, which so strongly characterizes the Verkhoyansk population to the west, is almost lost. Head and neck may show a varying degree of grayish-white. The horns protrude outward, around and down in almost 1-1/2 curls to perfect, unbroomed tips.


Steep, rugged terrain with nearby grassy pastures, in alpine and arctic region.


Sometimes incorrectly called Kamchatka bighorn, but it is actually a thin horn, the same as other snow sheep and also the Dall and Stone sheep of North America.

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