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Ibex
Status Vulnerable
Diet Herbivore
Habitat
Fame
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Description

  • Ibex is the common name for three species of wild goats characterized by enormous, back-curving horns, which in the male measure from 70 to 140 cm (28 to 55 in); the horns of the female are shorter. The representative Alpine ibex stands 65 to 105 cm (26 to 41 in) high, varies seasonally from reddish-brown to brownish-gray, and associates in bachelor groups and in herds of 10 to 20 females. It is found in craggy terrain between the timber and snow lines of the Alps. Male and female herds join only during the mating season. The Alpine Ibex is remarkably surefooted and is known for its agility in leaping about rocky ledges. Alpine ibexes have been severely hunted and are now protected. Other ibexes that are threatened with extinction are the Ethiopian ibex and the Spanish ibex of the Iberian Peninsula.

Fun Facts

  • The unique structure of the ibex's hoof makes it an excellent climber on steep rocks.
  • Climbing to great heights is the ibex's best defense -- few predators can follow them into the steepest regions of their habitat.
  • If an ibex senses danger, it will rise up on its very strong hind legs and point its horns towards its predator.
  • The ibex gets help with its grooming tasks from the grackle, a bird that pecks parasites from its coat.
  • An ancient Egyptian recipe for a baldness cure includes ibex fat among its ingredients.
  • Like most goats, the male ibex sprays itself with its own urine, resulting in a strong body odor.

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