The West Caucasian Tur (Capra caucasica caucasica) is a mountain-dwelling goat-antelope, and an ungulate (hoofed) mammal.
The West Caucasian Tur looks like a mixture between a goat and an antelope. It has a large, narrow body and short legs. Its coat is chestnut-coloured with a yellow underbelly. Both males and females have ridged horns.
The West Caucasian Tur grows to about 100 centimetres (39 inches) tall. Its horns measure about 70 centimetres (28 inches) long. Females have much smaller horns.
It is found in the western part of the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia and southern Russia.
It prefers rough and rugged mountainous areas.
It is nocturnal, active at night. It eats at night and shelters during the day.
The West Caucasian Tur mainly eats grass. It is a grazer. It also eats leaves. Its predators include wolves and lynxes.
Females live in herds of around 10 individuals, while males are solitary.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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