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Ovis orientalis Gmelin, 1774 – Ladakh Urial

Taxonomic Notes:

This species has a wide range of distribution. There are several subspecies of Ovis orientalis, out of which Ladakh Urial could be a separate subspecies. It is also argued to be a separate species, but tere is no final taxonomic conclusion.

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

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Status, Habitat and Habits:

Ladakh Urial is distributed at the higher altittudes of Ladakh, Kashmir, and northern Pakistan. 

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to IUCN Red List assessment, population of this species is decreasing all over its range. Its population estimates are not available. Threats to its survival come mainly from agriculture, overgrazing by livestock, commercial/residential development and hunting for skin.

Mammalia > Artiodactyla > Bovidae > Ovis

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bayani, A. 2022. Ovis orientalis Gmelin, 1774 – Ladakh Urial. A. Bayani, R. Chakravarty, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (editors). Mammals of India, v. 1.13. editors.
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