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Bighorn Sheep at Palm Desert’s Living Desert

Bighorn Sheep at Palm Desert’s Living Desert

Christmas weekend was our third or fourth visit to the Living Desert in Palm Desert, California, but it was the first time I actually saw any bighorn sheep close enough to photograph. Bighorn sheep are famously shy with regards to human contact—for good reason. Every once in a while, one could see them at a great distance wending their way across some remote crags.

Once, at Capital Reef National Park in Utah, we saw a group of them close up. But this is the first time we saw any of them in California, though I’ve looked at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley, and other places over the last thirty years.

2 thoughts on “Bighorn Sheep

  1. You can spot them sometimes in the Sierra, near Bishop and other places. Truly amazing and beautiful creatures. Fortunately, they are making a comeback from the brink of extinction.

  2. I saw them in the wild at Capital Reef, but it’s amazing sometimes how difficult it is to see animals in zoos. I think the zookeepers deliberately give the various animals places to hide out from the visitors.

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