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Alpine Ibex

(engl: Alpine Ibex)

Show me your horn and I’ll tell you how old you are!

Unlike deer antlers, the horns of the ibex are never shed, but continue to grow throughout their lifetime. They can grow up to 1.4m long in males. The annual growth rings of the horns shows the males age.

Who is stronger?

Males compete against each other to display dominance and gain their place in the hierarchy of their group. They use their horns to fight. The losing buck retires after the fight.

Alpensteinbock, Foto: , Foto: Christoph Barthel
Verbreitungsgebiet: Alpensteinbock
Verbreitungsgebiet: Alpensteinbock
Scientific Surname Capra ibex
Order Artiodactyla
Family Bovidae
Size ♂ bis 95 cm, ♀ bis 80 cm
Weight ♂ bis 110 kg, ♀ bis 60 kg
Reproduction Tragzeit 170 Tage, 1-2 Jungtiere
Distribution Mat region of the Alps at an altitude of 1500-3500 m
Habitat high mountains
Food Grasses, Herbs, Bud, Leaves, Bark
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