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Bighorn Sheep in Joshua Tree National Park

Categorized as: Animal Encounters
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Desert bighorn sheep is the largest native animal in the desert southwest. Mark Jorgensen will discuss the natural history of desert bighorn sheep in the Southwest US and northern Mexico. He will discuss the bighorn’s amazing adaptations to the desert environment, including their physical characteristics, distribution, behavior, predator relationships and diseases in this class. Participants will also learn about how the Park’s current preservation efforts for the bighorn sheep corresponds with the unique physiological characteristics of these animals and the Park’s management plan to preserve this magnificent animal, as a part of California’s heritage. During the session, the class will hike into bighorn habitat and learn the key elements important for bighorn sheep survival. The field trip will highlight the importance of vast wilderness habitats, steep terrain, diverse plant communities, protection from human encroachment, and the threat of domestic livestock diseases on the native bighorn sheep.

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Joshua Tree Gateway Communities, Palm Springs & Coachella Valley, Las Vegas Area, Death Valley, Ridgecrest & Northern Mojave, Anza-Borrego, Imperial Valley, S. CA Deserts