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Cyprus Mouflon: Wild Sheep

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The fauna and flora in Cyprus are really noteworthy among nature lovers, and due to unique weather and landscape conditions many species are endemic to Cyprus. This is also true for Cyprus mouflon—a big and very shy wild mountain sheep.

Even though mouflon is a subspecies of the sheep, their appearance is very different. They are about one meter in height and can reach up to 35 kilos in weight. Mature animals can show off with heavy horns that curl like sickles to their sides. The mostly brown fur is decorated with a black collar, white legs, and a white face.

Mouflons inhabit the high peaks of the Paphos area and are not that easy to find. But if you are informed about its seasonal activity, you will have a great chance to meet these beautiful woolly animals.

They are active the whole year around, but winter months are the most suitable, as mountains get snowy and mouflons come down to lower pastures in search of food. The winter day temperatures are also comfortable enough, in contrast to hot summer, so they are active from morning until evening.

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