Hear the Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn Sheep

The Desert Bighorn is one of the largest mammals in the Sonoran Desert, and are the largest species of sheep in the universe.  They are called bighorns because they have big ol’ honkin’ horns on their heads.  They spend most of their time on the steep slopes of mountains which keeps them safe from predators like the vicious mountain lion.  They can grow to be 6 feet tall, and eat grasses and shrubs.

The Desert Bighorn was hunted into endangered status for its prized horns.  However conservation efforts are underway to reintroduce them back into wild areas where they will surely not be prepared to fend off hungry mountain lions.

Desert Bighorn Sheep Facts

  • Scientific Name: Ovis canadensis mexicana
  • Size: 5-6 feet
  • Diet: Grass