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 (ä′o͝o-dăd′, ou′dăd′)
A wild sheep (Ammotragus lervia) native to northern Africa and naturalized in the southwestern United States, having long, curved horns and long hair on the neck and chest. Also called Barbary sheep.

[French, from Berber audad.]


(Animals) a wild mountain sheep, Ammotragus lervia, of N Africa, having horns curved in a semicircle and long hair covering the neck and forelegs. Also called: Barbary sheep
[from French, from Berber audad]


(ˈɑ ʊˌdæd)

a wild sheep, Ammotragus lervia, of N Africa, having a long fringe of hair on the throat, chest, and forelegs. Also called Barbary sheep.
[1860–65; < French < Berber]
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Noun1.aoudad - wild sheep of northern Africaaoudad - wild sheep of northern Africa  
wild sheep - undomesticated sheep
Ammotragus, genus Ammotragus - genus of wild sheep
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In order to update this information and draw up an effective conservation plan for this species, we surveyed areas where aoudads have been reported, identified the main threats to the remaining populations and appraised the results of recent conservation efforts.
We hypothesize that these isolated mountains acted as refuges for wandering aoudads coming from the Saharan Atlas.
Mature aoudads were scarce, but as the second-to-last evening closed, we finally found a good ram and stalked as close as the terrain would allow.
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We used measurements of harvested males from both species to explore how factors such as population density, environmental conditions and long-term intensive trophy management (11 years for aoudads and 18 years for Iberian wild goats) have affected horn size and the mean age of harvested males.
Priority transplant sites were selected based on potential contact with domestic sheep and goats and free ranging aoudads (Ammotragus lervia), amount and juxtaposition of escape terrain, and water availability.
I have used it on Texas turkeys, Colorado mule deer, exotics such as aoudads and blackbuck and such African game as zebra, impala, gemsbok, waterbuck and scimitar horned oryx.
It sold jaguar cubs, anacondas, margay cats and ocelots, aoudads and addaxes, baboons, pangolins, gibbons, adolescent elephants--importing wholesale stuff for zoos to a warehouse in New Jersey.
OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, I've spent countless days glassing orange, red, and purple cliffs, and dissecting wind-blown mesas until my eyes watered, searching for aoudads.
We have the 5,000 acre ranch all to ourselves for three days and have a choice of the hunting of hogs, ibex, Catalina goats, several varieties of exotic sheep, aoudads, and if we are so inclined, bison, yak, water buffalo, and Watusi.
Now, Day Four with aoudads in sight--not close--but located, unaware of my presence, it was: well, just wait and see.