On March 26, 2015 a pregnant ewe was relocated from her home near Mount Langley and brought to a very similar land of granite and alpine tundra within Yosemite National Park. For the first time in over 100 years this Sierra Nevada Bighorn, along with 9 other ewes, will roam the high county of Yosemite, raise their lambs this summer, and be courted by 2 rams this autumn.
The work for scientists and scientific aides has now grown. The areas where Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep now live require extensive monitoring and census taking. Fieldwork now covers the length of the Sierra Nevada Range. With your donations, the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation continues to pay scientific aides for the three months they are not funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), helicopter time, and continues to provide indispensible genetics information. We know we can rely on you for your continued support and to share the story of Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep with your friends.
The story of these new reintroductions can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/endangered-sierra-nevada-bighorn-sheep-restored-to-yosemite-and-sequoia-national-parks.htm
Near the bottom there is a link to video and still images of the reintroduction. The videos are massive and need download time, but are well worth the wait.
While the Yosemite Conservancy is spotlighted as a major donor in this article, your gifts to this Foundation helped finance helicopter time to relocate the sheep, pay salaries for scientific aides, funded essential genetics work and made possible school and public outreach. Thank Ewe for your contributions!
Board members Ginnie, John, Jora, and Terry