SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ovis aries aries karakul
HABITAT: High-altitude deserts of Central Asia but are adaptable to many habitats.
CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern
The Karakul is one of approximately 1,200 breeds of domestic sheep. Named after the village of Karakul in Uzbekistan, the Karakul breed is one of the oldest. Archaeologists have found evidence of Karakul pelts from 1400 B.C., and carvings in ancient Babylonian temples probably represent Karakul sheep.