Category: Snow Sheep (Ovis nivicola)

Snow Sheep (Ovis nivicola)

The snow sheep is an endemit of Russia. It is most closely related to the North American Bighorn Sheep and Dall’s Sheep, with which they are being pooled…

Kamchatka Snow Sheep (O. n. nivicola) Eschscholtz, 1829

The Kamchatka Sheep is probably the most renowned Snow Sheep, but maybe also the most threatened one.

Koryak Snow Sheep (O. n. koriakorum) Chernyavsky, 1962

The Koryak Snow Sheep is somewhat smaller than the Kamchatka race. It occurs north of Kamchatka.

Yakut Snow Sheep (O. n. lydekkeri) Kowarzik, 1913

The Yakut Snow Sheep has the largest distribution range of all Snow Sheeps. There is still debate about further splitting this taxon.

Putorana Snow Sheep (O. n. borealis) Severtzov, 1873

The Putorana Sheep is the most westerly subpopulation of the Snow Sheep. The  distribution area lies entirely north of the arctic circle.