The animals

The ibex

The ibex

The ibex lives in herds, grazing morning and evening in empty valleys and rocky territory. It is present in significant numbers in the Alps, where it is a protected species. It is happiest at altitudes above 2000 metres. Its thick coat is brown. When surprised, the Ibex emits an alarm call: a short sharp whistle.

It lives on aromatic plants, grasses, shoots and twigs.

Despite its 90 kg, the ibex is amazingly agile and supple. Its short legs and strong muscles enable it to take huge leaps and to climb the steepest slopes.

The male has two enormous horns curving forwards which can reach a metre in length.

The female also has horns, though they are smaller. The mating season takes place in December and January, and one or two kids are born in May or June.

The ibex