The Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn is Positioned to Help
Desert bighorn have lived in Nevada desert mountains for centuries and received recognition as Nevada's official state animal in 1973. Its image is recognizable, and its plight as a strong, sturdy animal that adapts to living in a harsh desert environment resonates with Nevadans.
Its population in Nevada and other southwestern states have fluctuated over the years, with the encroachment of human settlers severely impacting its numbers in the late 1800s. There were an estimated 30,000 bighorn sheep in Nevada in the mid-1800s. That number dwindled to under 2,000 animals by 1964. This is when a group of concerned citizens began the Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn (FDB) with the goal to increase the desert bighorn sheep population. Because of the FDB's conservation projects and its development of new water sources for the bighorn, there are now approximately 12,000 bighorn sheep representing three bighorn species in Nevada.