Siberian Ibex

The group Caprini are a large tribe of ruminants with 34 living species. They are largely native to Eurasia and Rocky Mountains. It includes Capra (goats and ibexes), Ammotragus (Barbary Sheep), Hemitragus (tahrs), Pseudois (Blue sheep), Ovis (sheep), Rupicapra (chamois), and Oreamnos (Rocky Mountain goat).

The Siberian Ibex (Capra sibirica) is a large goat with spectacular, back-curved horns. Male horns sometimes reach 60 inches (1,5 m) long which are used in territorial fights between males. The pelage is light brown with pale uderparts and the front of the legs have dark brown stripes. Males have long beard, females short. In winter the color becomes yellowish white or pure white.

The Siberian Ibex occupies mountinous regions from 3,000 to 6,000 m in bare rocky terrain and open meadows. Its diet consists of grasses and herbs. Among the main predators of Siberian Ibex is Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia).

Siberian Ibex Capra sibirica

Photo by Larysa Johnston

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