Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) are one of two species of mountain sheep in North America. They range in color from light brown to grayish or dark brown, and have a white rump and lining on the backs of all four legs. Bighorn sheep get their name from the large, curved horns on the males, or rams. They are legendary for their ability to climb high, steep, rocky mountain areas.
For more information about bighorn sheep, check out this great fact sheet from Defenders of Wildlife.
Bighorn sheep horns, such as those in the display, weigh around 30 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to carry around on your head!
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