Our Mission

Bighorn Institute is dedicated to the conservation of the world's wild sheep through research and education. Its primary goal is to conduct research into the ecology of wild sheep populations with particular emphasis on Peninsular desert bighorn. The Institute also conducts a Captive Breeding and Wild Population Augmentation Program to provide genetic and demographic support to declining Peninsular bighorn populations. Through field and laboratory studies, the Institute generates scientific knowledge to assist in and promote the judicious management of wild sheep.

 

Bighorn Institute is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization created in 1982 by a group of biologists and veterinarians to investigate the causes of bighorn sheep declines, with the primary focus being Peninsular desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis). Funding for Bighorn Institute's programs is derived from individual contributions, private foundations, and public sector grants. Our work is conducted with the cooperation and oversight of the California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. Bighorn Institute provides ecological information related to bighorn sheep to various organizations and agencies to promote the conservation and proper management of wild sheep and their habitat. Although our main focus has been the study of Peninsular bighorn sheep in California, we have been called into ten western states, and the countries of Mexico, Mongolia, and Turkmenistan to assist with wild sheep projects.

 

Bighorn Institute is located in Riverside County, California, adjacent to the City of Palm Desert. Our facilities, which include an office, laboratory, biologists' residence, and pens for the captive herd and bighorn rehabilitation, are located on nearly 300 acres of land purchased from the Bureau of Land Management. New facilities including offices, animal care units, and research laboratories are planned for the near future. Due to the sensitive nature of both the disease research and the captive-rearing and wild release program, sheep at Bighorn Institute are not available for public viewing.

Directors & Staff

 

HONORARY CHAIRMAN OF FUND-RAISING

 

 

 

In Memoriam

 

 

 

Gerald R. Ford

 

 

 

38th President of the United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESIDENT EMERITUS

 

 

 

Lawrence Cone, MD

Ernest W. Hahn

 

 

Bob Howard

 

Charles W. Jenner, D.V.M.

 

Richard C. McClung

Alexandra Sheldon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

 

 

 

Mike Rivkin - President

 

 

 

 

Dave Stockton - Executive Vice President

 

 

 

Roland Burbank, D.V.M. - Vice President

Kent A. Roberts - Treasurer

 

 

 

Randy Bynder - Secretary

 

 

 

 

Stuart Barton, M.D.

 

 

 

Nicholas J. Coussoulis

Robert N. Gebhart, M.D.

 

 

 

Meg P. Marker

 

 

Judith L. Sanders

 

 

 

 

Dave Stockton Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

 

 

 

 

James R. DeForge - Executive Director, Research

 

Biologist

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee J. Byard - Associate Director, Biologist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADVISORS

 

 

 

 

Mark C. Jorgensen, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver A. Ryder, Ph.D., Zoological Society of San Diego 

 

Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raul Valdez, Ph.D., New Mexico State University

 

 

 


J. Craig Williams, Esq., Legal Counsel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

© 2020 Bighorn Institute

 

​​Contact us:

1-760-346-7334

bi@bighorninstitute.org

​Mailing Address: 

P.O. Box 262

Palm Desert, CA 92261-0262

 

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