Return Bighorn Sheep to the Heart of Yosemite’s Wilderness - 2015

Yosemite Conservancy is reintroducing iconic Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep into the high country.

Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are a true symbol of wilderness and represent the need to protect wild lands. Yosemite Conservancy has a long history of protecting these animals: from the reintroduction of the first bighorn sheep herds into their high country Yosemite habitat, to the recent funding of GPS collars to track the herds’ position.

In 2015, Conservancy donors once again provided funding to protect these majestic mammals. With your support, a herd of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep was released into the Cathedral Range in March 2015, marking the return of the species to its ancestral habitat for the first time in more than 100 years! In addition to using data from GPS collars to monitor the sheep from afar, biologists conducted field surveys in the bighorns' rugged habitat.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

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Project Notes
Yosemite Conservancy is reintroducing iconic Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep into the high country.

Monitoring Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, in conjunction with public outreach and education, is enhancing understanding of this iconic alpine species.

Sarah Stock
Wildlife Biologist
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Nature Notes: Bighorn Sheep

Watch Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep on their first day in the rugged alpine landscape of Yosemite.