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Bighorn Lambs Born on
March 25 and May 1, 2017

Lamb with mother
On Saturday, March 25th, the Desert Museum welcomed an adorable female Bighorn lamb, with another born on Monday, May 1st!

The lambs are learning walking, romping and climbing proficiencies by the minute. Visitors may catch a glimpse of them frolicking as newborns do. Visitors are likely to be surprised by how quickly lambs adapt to steep terrain. The newborns can be viewed during the Museum’s normal public hours except, of course, when they are napping behind the scenes or during occasional routine veterinary exams.

“The Museum is so pleased to have two more successful births 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 older 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.

Lamb with mother

Lamb with mother

Lamb with mother

Photos by ASDM/Liz Kemp