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Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep may not seem exciting at first glance. But wait until you get to know them better! They have amazing climbing talent, spectacular horns, and can live in some of the world's steepest, most forbidding habitats. Bighorns are worthy of attention and appreciation.

The current range for Peninsular bighorn sheep is from the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs, California, to the U.S.-Mexico border. The surefooted sheep walk on two toes—the third and fourth—on each foot. The bottom of each foot is soft, giving them the ability to climb on rocks with a secure foothold.

Both male and female sheep have horns, but the males’ are much larger. Males use their horns in head-butting clashes that get more intense during the breeding season. You won’t see that kind of action in Condor Ridge, as we have just one adult male, to keep things calm!

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