Tall Tales From The Field

Zion National Park’s Desert Bighorn Sheep

Zion National Park in Utah is not renowned for its wildlife but one species found here that I find interesting is the Desert Bighorn Sheep.  They subsist on the vegetation in the park and prefer the steep rocky slopes. They are a bit sensitive to humans but you can see them on the east side of the park.

 

Bighorn Ram Grazing

One hungry ram

 

 

Bighorn Ram Grazing

Nice set of choppers

 

 

BIGHORN ON THE EDGE

On the edge

 

 

Bighorns Courting

Whose courting who here?

 

 

BIGHORNS ON THE EDGE

They obviously thought I was a threat and gathered on this ledge

 

 

ZION BIGHORN SHEEP

Young sheep

 

 

BIGHORN BLUE SKY

The females(Ewes) grow horns but not the big, thick curved ones like the rams do.

 

 

Bighorn in Flight

Lots of agility

 

 

ZION DESERT BIGHORN

Notice the wide rectangular eyes? This gives the sheep a wide field of vision to spot predators.

 

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9 responses

  1. Amy

    Fantastic captures of these bighorn sheep! The agility image is awesome. 🙂

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    March 21, 2015 at 3:10 PM

  2. Very cool. The rams horns really are BIG! I find their adapting to this rocky habitat amazing to ponder.

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    March 21, 2015 at 3:32 PM

  3. Yay! We only found the females I guess. You got the big horns!

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    March 21, 2015 at 6:55 PM

  4. I really enjoyed seeking these!

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    March 21, 2015 at 7:57 PM

  5. The jumping ram is an amazing shot.

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    March 21, 2015 at 10:35 PM

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