Species / International Ovis

Kuruktag Argali

Ovis ammon adametzi


Found only in the Kuruktag Range in Xinjiang, China. These are small, low mountains that run west to east for perhaps 200 miles, and are located south of the Tian Shan Mountains and north of the Kongque River, from southeast of Korla to northwest of Lop Nur. Altitudes range from about 5,000 to 9,000 feet.


No body weights or measurements are available, but photographs show this to be a smaller argali. The coat is reddish brown on the back, with grayish-brown flanks. Rump patch, insides of legs, under parts, throat and muzzle are white. There is no neck ruff.


There have been very few modern hunters to have taken the Kuruktag argali. From all accounts, this is a physically demanding hunt in very difficult terrain, and good rams are hard to find.

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