The argali (Ovis ammon) is the largest of the wild sheep, and the males have impressive horns that are highly prized by hunters. Currently nine different subspecies are recognised, which vary both in their appearance and in their range. In general, argalis have a light brown coat with white legs and a white rump patch. Although both sexes have horns, those of the male are much larger and more impressive; they can be up to 13 percent of the males’ body mass. The corkscrew horns wind forwards and are of a formidable weight; those of mature Altai argali (Ovis ammon ammon) males weigh 20 to 22 kilograms. Males also have a ruff of white hair around the neck and a pronounced crest along the back, which adds to their impressive appearance.
There is a serious threat to Argalis throughout their range and some of their subspecies are facing the worst situation and are on the verge of extinction. Since more and more land is being cultivated, their habitats are increasingly at a loss and perhaps, domestication of sheep has also caused a serious threat to their existence. The high cost of their horns attracts hunters throughout their range affecting their population number significantly.