Bighorn Lamb Born on
March 25 2017
On Saturday, March 25th, the Desert Museum welcomed an adorable female Bighorn lamb. The mother is the same ewe which delivered a female lamb on April 1, 2015 and March 23, 2016. This is the 13th successful Bighorn birth at the Museum, and the 5th lamb for this ewe.
The lamb is learning walking, romping and climbing proficiencies by the minute. Visitors may catch a glimpse of her frolicking as newborns do. Visitors are likely to be surprised by how quickly lambs adapt to steep terrain. The newborn can be viewed during the Museum’s normal public hours except, of course, when she is napping behind the scenes or during occasional routine veterinary exams.
“The Museum is so pleased to have another successful birth as part of the Species Survival Program (SSP) organized by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums,” offered Shawnee Riplog-Peterson, the Museum’s Curator of Mammalogy and Ornithology. “And it’s always a delight for guests to see newborns and have the opportunity to watch them grow.”
The mother of the lamb, a 6-year old ewe is part of an exchange program organized by the SSP program. The purpose of the program is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species population within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, certified related facilities, and sustainability partners. By using extensive genetic DNA information, the goal of the program is to breed for the most genetically diverse herd possible, thereby diminishing the need to remove any additional wild Bighorns from their natural environment. The Desert Museum is an AZA-accredited institution.
Photos by ASDM/Liz Kemp