Monday, April 30, 2012

Desert Bighorn Sheep in Zion National Park

Zion National Park

One of the most majestic creatures of the North American deserts, and one of the rarest, is the Dessert Bighorn Sheep.  Bighorn sheep are sometimes called a "wilderness species" because they require some of the most remote and protected areas in the West.  The desert bighorn are a symbol of Zion's wilderness.  This species disappeared from the park in the 1950's, and through an intensive reintroduction program the herd was re-established by introducing 12 individuals in the 1970's.  The Zion herd now includes over 150 individuals.

Photographer - Joann Hinman

unused, bought in 2011
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Here is a postcard a friend gave me earlier the same year ....

Zion National Park
The 1,500 foot walls of the Kolob Canyons glow in the early morning sun.  Located in the northwest corner of Zion National Park, these canyons provide a colorful panorama of some of southern Utah's best red rock scenery.

Photographer - Tom Till

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