Iranian red sheep or Armenian Mouflon is an endangered subspecies of moufflon native to Armenia, Iran and Azerbaijan. The red sheep have been on the RCR ranch for 10 years, where they inhabit the rocky Hill Country terrain, as well as, grass covered slopes. Surprisingly, these animals navigate and dart from rock to rock and crevices that appear too steep to manage. Usually living in herds, males will live singly or separate into groups in the summertime. Being wild by nature, these sheep are difficult to approach and run quite fast in groups.
Males have a distinct tan to roan/reddish colored coat with a white saddle. One of the most beautiful features of this species is the longer growth of hair around the collar or neck. Females tend to be a more uniform brown color. Males exhibit heavy, ridged horns that arc toward or behind the neck. Horns tend to sweep back and form a heart shape. The horns may grow to a length up to 36 inches, with large bases. Females normally do not have horns, but may appear as short protrusions that curve slightly. Males weigh up to 150 pounds, while females weigh up to 85 pounds.
The Red sheep breed from November through December. After a gestation period of 5 months they will birth one or two lambs. Sexual maturity is reached around 18 months, and life span is up to 18 years of age. With careful land and animal management, they continue to thrive as a healthy herd.
With the help of the Exotic Wildlife Association, and Safari Club International, hunting ranches and exotic breeders have assured that Red Sheep will be persevered for future generations.
Rock Creek Ranch is very proud to be apart of this preservation effort.