Alpine ibex

Mammal

Alpine ibex (Capra ibex ibex)

Heavily armed

All ibexes bear horns - with lengths up to one metre the male ones get especially large. They serve the communication with conspecifics. During the late summer the males fight for herds of 10 to 20 females and youngs. They do so by getting up on their hind legs, dropping forward and clasting with loud bangs. The winner stays with the herd during winter, mates with the females and leaves the group in spring.

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Category: Mammal

Size: Head-trunk ♂ 140-170 cm, ♀ 75-115 cm

Age: 14 years

Sexually mature: ♂ with 2 years, ♀ with 2,5 years

gestation period: 165-170 days

food: Grasses, herbs, little woody plants

habitat: Steep, richly structured and rocky slopes between 1600 and 3200m above sea level

Danger: not threatened

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