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

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Ovis canadensis nelson


Bovidae, the cow and goat family

Conservation Status

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


North America and Baja California, Mexico


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


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.
Due to heavy storm erosion, our hiking trails will be closed until further notice. The Zoo is still open.