Wildwood Zoo

Meet the Bighorn Sheep at Wildwood Zoo

Rocky

Here at Wildwood Zoo, we have one female bighorn sheep.  She arrived at the Zoo in the spring of 2016 and was acquired to begin a breeding program at the Zoo. Unfortunately, soon after her arrival pneumonia killed Rocky our ram and the ewe’s lamb within just a couple weeks of each other. There are no plans to bring in additional sheep to the Zoo at this time.

Bighorn males, called rams, are best known for their curled horns.  When the rams are fighting for dominance or mating rights they will face each other, rear up on their hind legs, and hurl themselves at each other at about 20 miles an hour.  You can hear the repeating echo through the mountains of horns crashing together for hours until one ram submits and walks away. To prevent any serious injuries, they have a thick, bony skull.  Females, called ewes, also have horns, but they are of smaller size.

The bighorn sheep’s diet depends on the season.  In the summer, they eat grasses or sedges.  During the winter, they consume more woody plants such as willow, sage and rabbit brush.  Like a cow, they will regurgitate their food to chew it as cud before swallowing it for final digestion.

You can see our sheep from the zoo's Large Animal Drive in the large rock pile. This path can be taken both on foot and by car.

Bighorn Sheep Range in North America


           For more information, please visit the
           National Park Service.

           Map found on myweb.rollins.edu



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