These animals are similar to their relatives that don’t live in the desert, with the difference being that they can resist without water for a long period of time. The Bighorn sheep is the state animal of Nevada.
While driving through the valley we suddenly noticed a traffic jam. From previous experiences visiting national parks we assumed that there must have been some wildlife ahead… Indeed, a hoard of sheep were crossing the main road in a bounding movement. There was a big line of cars that were stopped and all the tourists were out trying to photograph the animals. We did the same :)
I thought they were already accustomed to people, since there are thousand of tourists visiting this place every day of the year – but the sheep definitely looked scared.
… and they were running fast too!
It’s incredible to see their ability to climb the steep, abrupt rock walls, even in zones that do not offer too much grip…
Here they are, already up high on the rocky hill. It was difficult to see them between bushes of the same color – what a great adaptability to the environment!
Yes, there were quite a few of them… but not all crossed the road.
I read that the Desert Bighorn Sheep are sociable and live together. – it’s interestig however to learn that Bighorn Sheep live in separate ram and ewe bands – they mix mainly in the mating season.
Judging from the size, I believe that these were females.
I can say I was really lucky to see and be able to photograph the Valley of Fire Desert Bighorn Sheep – what beautiful animals!
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