National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Wyoming

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National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center, Wyoming© 2009 Tom LaycockA diorama of North American wild sheep acquaints visitors with the five species of the Ovis genus.

Dubois, Wyoming

If any animal deserves a museum of its own, it’s the rare and majestic bighorn sheep. Two centuries ago these mountain dwellers numbered more than 2 million in North America—but, like the buffalo, they dwindled to only a few thousand before making a comeback and dodging extinction.

The sheep take their name from the large, curved horns of the rams—the horns that in turn gave their name to rivers, creeks, and towns in the Rocky Mountain West. Everything you ever wanted to know about the animals can be found here. Sheep Mountain, the central exhibit, takes you into the bighorn’s unique habitat of alpine plants and rocky terrain. Hands-on exhibits acquaint you with bighorn adaptations, dominance battles, predator- prey relationships, and more. Guided tours of the sheep’s winter range give you an up-close view of these fascinating animals that once roamed the Rocky Mountains by the thousands.

Open Memorial Day–Labor Day. Tours Nov.-Mar. Admission charged.

www.bighorn.org

(307) 455-3420

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