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Near Boulder: Lions and Sheep and Bears! MY MY!


 Here’s a Boulder Saturday morning sunrise conundrum: What do Lions and Big Horn Sheep have in common besides they are both not ducks?

Lions and bighorn sheep, despite belonging to very different families within the animal kingdom, share several common characteristics, primarily because they are both mammals. Here are a few points highlighting their similarities:

1. **Mammalian Traits**: Both lions and bighorn sheep are mammals, meaning they share common mammalian features such as fur or hair, the ability to regulate body temperature (endothermy), and the presence of mammary glands for feeding their young.

2. **Social Behavior**: Both species exhibit social behaviors, though the structure of their social groups differs. Lions live in groups known as prides, which are family units that include females (lionesses), their cubs, and a few males. Bighorn sheep live in herds, which can be segregated by sex outside of the mating season, with males (rams) forming their own groups and females (ewes) living with their young.

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3. **Territorial**: Both lions and bighorn sheep can be territorial. Lions defend their pride’s territory against other lions to protect their group’s access to resources like water, food, and mating opportunities. Bighorn sheep rams can be territorial, especially during the mating season (rut), where they compete for access to ewes.

4. **Diet**: While their diets are fundamentally different (lions are carnivores, and bighorn sheep are herbivores), both species require a diet that is specific to their habitat and biological needs. Lions hunt and eat other animals, showing their position at the top of the food chain, whereas bighorn sheep graze on grasses, plants, and other vegetation.

5. **Adaptation to Habitat**: Both lions and bighorn sheep are well-adapted to their respective habitats. Lions, found primarily in Africa’s savannas and grasslands, have physical and behavioral adaptations for hunting and living in a hot climate. Bighorn sheep are adapted to rugged mountainous terrains in North America, with specialized hooves for climbing steep slopes and navigating rocky areas.

These commonalities underscore the diverse ways in which different species have evolved to occupy their niches within the ecosystem, despite their differing diets, social structures, and habitats.

Finally we can see both just a few minutes up the road to the Denver Zoo!

Lenny Lensworth Frieling

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