from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large wild sheep (Ovis ammon) of the mountains of central and northern Asia, having large, spirally curved horns.
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- n. Ovis ammon, the biggest wild sheep, which roams the highlands of Central Asia
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The large wild sheep of Asia, Ovis ammon (Linnæus), now Caprovis argali, supposed to be the original stock of the domestic sheep.
- n. Hence Some other similar wild sheep, as the following.
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- n. wild sheep of semidesert regions in central Asia
The snow leopard and the mountain ram "argali" are also found within the zapovednik.
Many rare species, such as argali sheep and brown bears, were decimated.19
They are home to rare wild animals such as the black-necked crane, huge-horned argali sheep, wild yak, white-lipped deer, gazelle, snow leopards, and, of course, the chiru.
Among listed birds and mammals are: golden eagle Aquila chrysaetus, imperial eagle Aquila heliaca, peregrine Falco peregrinus, black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus, snow leopard Uncia uncia (EN, Globally threatened), manul cat Felis manul, Mongolian gazelle Procapra guttorosa; (LR, Globally Threatened) and Altai argali Ovis ammon ammon (VU, Globally Threatened).
Soon after, a local Internet news service published photographs showing the helicopter wreckage ringed by several sheep carcasses that wildlife campaigners said were clearly the endangered argali.
The hunt -- for endangered wild mountain sheep, or argali -- came to light after the helicopter carrying eleven people, including crew, crashed into a snowy mountainside in Siberia on Jan. 9.
A few argali (Ovis ammon) are recorded in the literature, although these large mountain sheep are more abundant in the higher Changtang region that lies to the northwest.
An additional ungulate found in this ecoregion is the Tibetan argali (Ovis ammon hodgsoni).
This ecoregion has historically supported populations of wild ungulates including goitered gazelle, blue sheep, wild yak, Asiatic wild ass, and argali as well as predators such as brown bears, wolves and lynx, as well as the rare Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) and Przewalski's horse (Equus przewalskii).
None of the mammals are considered endemic to the ecoregion, but there are several threatened species, including the snow leopard, serow (Capricornis sumatraensis), markhor, Himalayan tahr, argali, Himalayan musk deer (Moschus chrysogaster), and brown bear (Ursus arctos).