The Cypriot Mouflon
This type of Mouflon, the “Ovis Orientalis Ophion” is unique as well as the largest animal in the fauna of Cyprus and found only within the mountainous state forest of Paphos. It is believed to be descended from wild sheep brought over to the island from Asia by the prehistoric people who lived here around 9000-8000 B.C. Today this rare vegetarian mouflon is a strictly protected species. It is very shy and can run very fast away from humans. Winter is the best time of the year to observe them as they move all the time. Despite coming together during mating season once it is time for birthing, the heards split up into much smaller groups of two or three animals. Cypriot mouflons are a threatened species and Cyprus’ national animal.