||Russian Аравийский тар; English Arabian Tahr; German Arabischer Tahr; French Tahr d’Arabie; Spanish Tar de Arabia; Arabian al wa’al al arabi
|IUCN Red List
||Endangered C2a(i), Insall 2008; Oman: Royal Decree 1976, Ministry of Diwan Affairs, Ministerial Decision No. 4
||Oman, United Arab Emirates
|CIC Medal Categories
|CIC Point Value
||135.00 – 144.99 (cm)
||145.00 – 154.99 (cm)
||155.00 + (cm)
The Arabian tahr is genetically most similar to the North African aoudad (Ammotragus lervia) and only distantly related to the other tahr species. It occurs in mountain environments in south- eastern Arabia and is endemic to the mountains of northern Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The most important populations occur in Al Gamhah, near Nakhl, in Wadi Qiyd of the Sareen Nature Reserve, and in Jebel Qahwan and Jebel Sabtah in the Ja’alan. Other fragmented populations occur in many areas of Oman.
Relative to body size, the horns of the male Arabian tahr appear longer than those of the Himalaya tahr, albeit more slender, less wrinkled on the sides and less knotted on the frontal keel; they are laterally flattened. In absolute measurements the Arabian tahr’s horns are however considerably shorter. Only three trophies have been measured and registered over time. Average horn length is probably between 28 and 30.5 cm (11 and 12 in.) and base circumference between 12 and 15.5 cm (5 and 6 in.). Arabian tahr are fully protected throughout the distribution area and cannot be hunted.