This species is also known as the Barbary sheep.
It lives in family units led by a dominant female.
The groups wander from place to place, foraging on grass, herbs, leaves, and twigs.
Like goats, the aoudad is able to rise on its hindlegs to reach the foliage of dwarf acacias.
It is able to obtain most of its water from the plants it eats and by licking the dew off vegetation.
When its predators, the desert lynx and the leopard, were common in its habitat, it could escape them by leaping and bounding across the rocky terrain.