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Marco Polo Sheep popular round here
Marco Polo sheep (Ovis ammon polii) is a subspecies of sheep, specifically of Argali, that takes its name from famed explorer Marco Polo. The Marco Polo sheep is particularly known for its long horns. The longest horn ever found on a sheep was found on a Marco Polo sheep and measured 191 centimeters (75 inches). The Marco Polo sheep is endangered, numbering only 6,000. Marco Polo sheep are found only in the Pamir Mountains in the border region of China, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. Some of the protected areas where the species occurs include the Khunjerab National Park and Central Karakoram National Park in northern Pakistan and the Taxkongau Nature Reserve in southwestern China. The Wildlife Conservation Society is trying to organize a protected area for the sheep of about 50,000 square kilometers (20,000 square miles) straddling the four borders.
Posted by Simon Taylor