6th WORLD CONGRESS ON MOUNTAIN UNGULATES and 5th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MOUFLON

The 6th World Congress on Mountain Ungulates and 5th International Symposium on Mouflon is organized by the Ministry of Interior with the cooperation of Frederick University and the Caprinae Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of IUCN, between the 28th of August and 1st of September 2016. The congress will take place at Cleopatra Hotel, in Nicosia.

The mouflon (Ovis orientalis orientalis group) is a subspecies group of the wild sheep (Ovis orientalis) and belongs to the Caprinae family. Populations of O. orientalis can be partitioned into the mouflons (orientalis group) and the urials (vignei group). The mouflon is thought to be one of the two ancestors for all modern domestic sheep breeds.

The endemic Cypriot mouflon, Ovis orientalis ophion (Blyth, 1841), also called agrino, from the Greek Αγρινό, was nearly extirpated during the 20th century. Recent estimations of its numbers include 3,000 individuals.

This international event brings together specialists and other interested people in the study and conservation of ungulates from all over the world.

The Programme includes Poster and oral presentations and an excursion to Pafos Forest.