4 Places Where You May See A Rare Kind Of Sheep, The Bighorns

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Today, what we are going to talk about is rare kind of sheep, not just regular sheep you see every day in farm. This sheep actually quite rare, and can’t be seen anywhere else, as they only inhabit special habitat in a certain places. This is the Bighorns sheep. The bighorn sheep is one of endemic sheep that belongs to family of mountain goats. They are closely related to many mountain goat such as Tibetan mountain goat, Andalusia mountain goat, Alpine goat, and many more. You might only ever see this rare sheep in book or animal discovery channel, since it is very rare to see it in wildlife. You are very lucky if you have a chance to see one in real life. However, if you know the places, you can find them, but we don’t guarantee that you will see it directly.

The bighorn sheep is unique kind of sheep, as they are fairly hard to domesticate, so it belong as wild sheep. Although some people have tried to domesticate this sheep, some are success in creating domesticating Bighorn sheep, but as far as it goes, there are not much effective ways in domesticating and farm bighorn sheep.

What are Bighorn sheep? Why is it called like that? Where we can see Bighorn sheep? Here are complete article about Bighorn sheep, especially places you can meet with this majestic sheep. So here we are on Bighorn sheep ecology, biology and 4 Places Where You May See A Rare Kind Of Sheep, The Bighorns quite easily.

The ecology and biology of the bighorn sheep, a majestic sheep

 The bighorn sheep, the most majestic kind of sheep, sheep that have been dubbed as majestic sheep of mountain king, this sheep is one of the most rare kind of sheep in this world today. There aren’t much left of this majestic sheep as they are considered as quite rare animals and now driven to nearly extinction thanks to human exploitation, habitat lost and excessive hunting. We can say, that the Bighorn sheep is becoming much rarer these days and now it will be quite hassle to even meet this majestic animal.

  • The Biology of the Bighorn Sheep

The bighorn sheep or Ovis Canadensis is one of the rare species of sheep that have one special characteristics and that is their big and majestic horn. Their big horn is actually where they got their name obviously. Actually, Bighorn sheep belongs to three sub species of mountain goats, relatives with Siberian mountain goat, and snow goat, this big horn sheep is a majestic sheep that relatively rare these days. In 1900s, The population for big horn sheep is relatively high and today, there are only a handful of them left, due to overhunting, lost of habitation, competition with other species, and many invading species. Big horn mountain goat is now quite rare to see, as they become quite endangered.

The big horn sheep is famous for its majestic big horn, just like its name. Adult male sheep or ram have curved horn, while the female one or ewe have slightly smaller horn with little curvature. The adult ram could reach for up to 120 kg, while ewe could reach at least 90 kg. They are generally white brownish fur, and their fur is slightly shorter than their other mountain goat relatives like Siberian mountain goat, Tibetan mountain goat and many other wild mountain goat.

  • Their Ecology and places you can see them

In history, Bighorn sheep ancestors actually come from Asia, through land bridge that connects Siberia in Asia, with Alaska in America continent. Bighorn sheep is relatives with two other species of mountain goat, Siberian mountain goat and dall sheep, or stone sheep. In early ice ages, where earth is covered in ice, there is land bridge that connect Asia continent in Siberia with America continent in Alaska. This make Siberian mountain goat could migrate to America during Pleistocene period. Now, their ancestor inhabit wide range of west coast in America, ranging from Rocky mountain, coast of California, New Mexico and certain parts of Mexican peninsula.

So, where is the habitat of bighorn sheep? Here are 4 Places Where You May See A Rare Kind Of Sheep, The Bighorns.

  • Rocky Mountain, ranging from southern part of Canada, to western state of USA. Rocky Mountain is also famous for its bighorn sheep nature reserve, so this place might be the best place you could meet bighorn sheep.
  • Coast of California, although not very popular for its nature reserve, or mountain goat, there are sub species of bighorn sheep in California, named Californiana bighorn sheep. You can see this rare sheep in this state however it is rarer than in Rocky Mountain.
  • New Mexico mountain goat, same with Californiana, not very popular for nature reserve and mountain goat, but there are handful of bighorn goat life in New Mexico state.
  • Certain parts of Mexican peninsula, Down to the south, there are also sub species of bighorn sheep in certain parts of Mexican peninsula. Mostly lives on countryside and mountainous area.

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