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"<a href="https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/virtual-exhibit/artist/2884/artwork/his-prime-gobi-argali-ram-9877">In His Prime, Gobi Argali Ram</a>" by Susan Fox | United States

In His Prime, Gobi Argali Ram

Wallhanging by Susan Fox
20.00" H x 24.00" W
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Ovis ammon, Gobi Argali
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I spent a part of a morning in July of 2014 watching two Gobi argali rams, including this one, in a rocky valley at Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve, which is located in the desert/steppe transition zone of central Mongolia. Since they’re not hunted in the reserve sometimes one can end up fairly close without disturbing them. Also, there’s a research camp at the head of the valley so the sheep are somewhat habituated to the presence of humans. The rams were browsing on elm tree leaves, the sign of a dry year with poor grass. One was older, a greyish-white, and the other, the subject of my painting, was younger and grayish brown. After a bit he went up into the rocks on the side of the valley and stood, watching me and waiting for the other ram. That’s when I shot the reference photo I used. Over the last few years I’ve started sometimes using traditional Mongolian motifs as the backgrounds of my paintings for a more personal and contemporary approach. Argali (Ovis Ammon) are the world’s largest mountain sheep. A big Mongolian ram can weigh over 350 lbs. The IUCN lists them as “Near Threatened”.



In His Prime, Gobi Argali Ram | Wallhanging by Susan Fox | Artists for Conservation 2019