Wildlife of the Bighorn Basin

The Bighorn Basin is a special place.  It's beautiful.  It's rugged.  It's wild.

We are paleontologists, but it isn't just the life of the past that fascinates us.  The modern plants and animals of this dry landscape are just as captivating and worthy of our admiration.  Many are endangered - threatened by invasive species, habitat decline, or climate change. 

Take a few moments to enjoy the life and scenery captured on camera and assembled on this page, and learn more about the amazing wildlife of this special region.  


Fauna in & Around the Bighorn Basin 

Photo by J. Schein

Photo by J. Schein

Photo by J. Schein

Checkered Skipper

(Pyrgus communis)

One-eyed Sphinx Moth

(Smerinthus cerisyi)

Hummingbird Moth

(Hemaris sp.)


Photo by J. Schein

Northern Scorpion

(Paruroctonus boreus)

Horned Lizard

(Phrynosoma sp.)

Photo by B. Malinowski

Bull Snake

(Pituophis catenifer)

Photo by J. Schein

Uinta Chipmunk

(Neotamias umbrinus)

Photo by J. Schein

Red Fox

(Vulpes vulpes)


(Ochotona princeps)


Photos by B. Malinowski

Desert Cottontail Rabbit

(Sylvilagus audubonii)

Photos by B. Malinowski

Photo by J. Schein

Mule Deer

(Odocoileus hemionus)

Photo by J. Schein

Sandhill Cranes

(Antigone canadensis)

Photo by B. Malinowski


(Alces alces)

Rufous Hummingbird

(Selasphorus rufus)

Photos by J. Schein