Kordofan Aoudad



DIETVarious types of grasses, shrubs, and herbs

RANGENorthern Africa; Morocco, Egypt, and Sudan

HABITATShrublands, deserts, rocky areas, and savannas

Kordofan Aoudad

Physical Description

The average height is 2.5-3.5 feet at the shoulder with males weighing around 200 lb and females around 100 lb. Their hooves are designed to be upright on their feet (as if they are walking on their tiptoes). This allows them to travel over rocky and steep surfaces. Some of their most distinctive features include long fringe-type hair from their throat and forequarters as well as horns that are built for ramming.


In Africa, Aoudad predators include leopards, caracals, and coyotes. In the US, their main predator is mountain lions.


In the wild, Aoudads will live an average of 10 years, but in human care, they can live up to 20 years.


Aoudads have small family groups. The gestation period is approximately 5-6 months. They may give birth to 1 or 2 lambs in March through May.

Fun Facts

  • Wild populations are decreasing because of habitat loss and hunting. For the people of the Sahara, the Aoudad has served as an important meat source as well as being used for their hide, hair, and sinew.
  • They will often take refuge on steep slopes to avoid human disturbance or predation. Thankfully, they are excellent climbers and jumpers.

Conservation Messaging

As an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility, the Lehigh Valley Zoo is proud to play a role in the conservation community through participation in Species Survival Plans, or SSPs. This means our Kordofan Aoudad are part of a breeding program where we help to maintain captive populations that are both genetically diverse and demographically stable.

By visiting the Lehigh Valley Zoo and other AZA member institutions, you’re supporting the highest level of animal care and welfare, along with the promotion of conservation of animals such as the Kordofan Aoudad.

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