The Siberian Ibex (Capra sibirica) is a large, wild ungulate (hoofed) goat.
The Siberian Ibex is a goat with dark-brown, light-tan or reddish fur. Its underbelly has lighter fur. It sheds its fur in spring. It has a short neck and straight back. The male has a longer beard than the female. The male and the female have horns, but the female has smaller, grey-brown horns and the male has black horns. The horns have circular rings.
It grows to 67-110 centimetres (26-43 inches) to shoulder height. The male’s horns measure 115 centimetres (45 inches).
It is native to Central Asia in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, as well as Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Mongolia, Russia, and China. It prefers mountainous regions, above the tree line. It likes the lower slopes in winter.
It eats alpine grass and herbs. Its predators include wolves, snow leopards, and brown bears.
The Siberian Ibex lives in herds of about 5-30 individuals.
The female is pregnant for 170-180 days, before giving birth to one live young, called a kid. The kid’s horns are visible after 21-28 days.
The Siberian Ibex lives for 17 years, on average.
[Location of photographs: Berlin Zoo, Germany]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM