Title: The Desert Unicorn (Unicornus albofurgoldhornii)
Theme: Unicorns can only be found on the Colorado Plateau during afternoon thunderstorms that produce rainbows.
Goal: To introduce and describe the rare Desert Unicorn.
- Visitors will be able to describe a Desert Unicorn
- Visitors will understand where, when and who will be able to view a Desert Unicorn
- Welcome to Dead Horse Point State Park!
- Park facts
- Who I am
Introduction to the Desert Unicorn:
- Unicorns have been reported in historical writings since the time of Ancient Greece.
- Unicorns (other species) have been seen worldwide.
- The Desert Unicorn is a unique species, only visible during summer afternoon thunderstorms that produce thunder, lightning and rainbows.
- Legend has it that Unicorn horns have medicinal properties, but this has been proven to be false.
- Leonardo da Vinci wrote about Unicorns, specifically, how to trap one.
- Similar animals include the Narwhal, Oryx and Eland.
- Desert Unicorns are endemic to the Colorado Plateau.
- Desert Unicorns cannot handle the extreme heat of the desert during summer. The coolness of an afternoon thunderstorm creates perfect conditions for their arrival to the desert.
- Thunderstorms provide valuable drinking water to most animals living on the Colorado Plateau, including the Desert Unicorn.
- Desert Unicorn use rainbows as camouflage—their predators include but are not limited to: humans, mountain lion, coyote, black bear and mule deer. Gnats, or no-see-ums love to prey on Desert Unicorn blood.
- Desert Unicorns are rare, unique creatures that call the Colorado Plateau home. Very few lucky visitors will ever see one in their lifetimes.
- Unicorns are common throughout history, but remain shrouded in myth and legend.
- Desert Unicorns are similar to more commonly seen desert animals. They need water, shelter from the sun and love to keep them alive.