Bharal (Himalayan Blue Sheep)

The Bharal (Pseudois nayaur), or Himalayan Blue Sheep is a caprid found in the high Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet, China, Pakistan, and India. The Dwarf Blue Sheep is sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the Bharal. The Bharal is a major food source of the Snow Leopard.

The bharal has horns that grow upwards, curve out and then towards the back, somewhat like an upside down mustache. In males these horns can grow as long as 32 inches compared to only 8 inches in females. The bharal was also the focus of George Schaller’s and Peter Matthiessen’s expedition to Nepal in 1973.