|Desert Big Horn on a butte, inside the zoo, seen from bike path outside the zoo|
Three things very easy to see while cycling along the Crosscut Canal.
The only time I've seen desert big horn up close in Arizona was at the Grand Canyon, where there were some scary-tame ones that would approach very close. I'm not sure if they were relocated, but I know that sharing a narrow trail over a high drop-off with one of these felt unsafe, even if it was just looking for a handout. I got close enough to pat one on the back, which just seemed too close for good sense. I have seen them very far away on a few mountain ranges.
I read the story of how Boy Scouts in Arizona campaigned to save the Desert Big Horns starting back in 1936, culminating in the establishment of two desert big horn ranges, but then I started thinking about what happened to many of those Scouts right after that, which may be why the big horn story is not very well known.
|Governor Hunt's (first governor of AZ) Tomb, Papago Park, Phoenix|
|Papago Park appearing very oasis-like, seen from Hunt's Tomb|
|Updated with details of Governor Hunt, he of the pyramidal tomb|