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Desert Bighorn Sheep at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click to see more.

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Ovis canadensis nelson

Family

Bovidae, the cow and goat family

Conservation Status

The population in the Peninsular Mountain Ranges of southern California is federally endangered.

Distribution

North America and Baja California, Mexico

Habitat

Rugged, rocky slopes; elevations of 1,000 -3,000 feet above sea level.

Factoid

Bighorn sheep are specially designed for the unforgiving rocky mountain terrain they call home, from cloven hooves and use of vegetation for hydration to large domineering horns.

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