Big-Horned Sheep

1. The mammal I chose to study is:
Ovis canadensis

2. The common name of my mammal is:
bighorn sheep

3. The classification of my mammal:
Kingdom: animalia
Phylum: chordata
Class: mammalia
Family: bovidae
Genus: Ovis
Species: canadensis

4. What are some of the animal’s physical adaptations to its environment?
Desert bighorn sheep only require water in the winter when green plants are not available, and have a complex 9-stage digestive system.h

5. What are some of the organism’s behavioral adaptations to its environment?
Bighorn sheep sometimes create herds of up to 100 induvidiuals, but groups of 8-10 are more common. Adult males usually stay away from females in seperate bachelor herds for most of the year.

6. What is the role of your organism in the food chain? Be specific about role as a producer, consumer or decomposer. If a consumer, then describe the food preferences, like herbivore, carnivore or omnivore.

The bighorn sheep is a consumer, specifically an herbivore.

7. Describe the biome where this organism lives.
The bighorn sheep lives in the rocky mountain and the desert grassland biomes. The rocky mountain biome is rocky and at a high altitude.
the desert grassland is like a grassland, only drier.

8. Discuss the status of the species. Is it plentiful, threatened, endangered or extinct?
The bighorn sheep is classified as a low risk, conservation dependent species.

9. How do humans impact your organism? (Hot Tip: Think of the HIPPO dilemma – handout)
Humans affect my animal because my animal's habitat is being used and developed for human recreational purposes.

10. Identify the place(s) on the map where your organism lives. Color in the map accordingly.

11. Amazing facts:
bighorn sheep zigzag up and down cliff faces with amazing ease.

12. Bibliography


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