LEH LADAKH

The Great Tibetan Sheep(Ladakhi: nyan)
Largest and most magnificent of wild sheep in the whole world, it is also called the Great Tibetan sheep (Ovis ammon). Roughly 200 of these are found in the extreme eastern portion of Ladakh. The horns of the nyan measure up to 145 cm. and the animal normally remains at a great height, rarely descending to a level below 4,500 meters.

Urial or the Smallest Sheep (Ladakhi: shapu)

Urial or shapu (Ovis orientalis) is the smallest sheep in the world. Its
body, which is just about as tall as its horns usually weighs 85 Kg. and has horns measuring upto 99 cm. These sheepprefer the grassy mountain slopes.The need for protection of the urial is great as they are within easy reach of hunters. Their numbers have been declining rapidly and it is estimated that there are no more than 500 inLadakh.
Bharal or Blue Sheep (Ladakhi: napo)
A survey by the Wildlife Department of Jammu & Kashmir puts another population in the Markha and Rumbak valleys at only around 34-50. The most common and wide spread of the sheep in the Ladakh region is the bharal or the blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur).Their brownish-gray coloring provides them with protective camouflage and as they often stand motionless they can be extremely difficult to spot but, when alarmed, bharal will bolt swiftly to safety. Strangely, bharal seems to bear some morphological traits of both sheep and goats.
Ibex (Ladakhi: skin) The Ibex or Capra Ibex is also a big attraction for wildlife lovers. Trekkers often spot them, for they are found in good numbers in the district of Ladakh. Ibexes are beautiful in appearance and sport a pair of finely curved spiral horns

Snow Leopard (Ladakhi: shan)
The area of Ladakh also supports and shelters a good population of snow leopards. The snow leopard is found in the high mountainous regions of Central Asia. In India, it can be spotted in the states that lie along the northern Indian border.
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