Bovidae

Morphology

Weight
from 65 to 100 kg for males and from 35 to 50 kg for females
Height
from 75 to 90 cm at withers for males and from 70 to 78 cm at withers for females
Length

Classification

Classe
Mammals
Family
Bovidae
Capra ibex
 

Habitat

In the high massifs, the ibex generally lives between 2,400 and 3,300 metres but on these same massifs it can be seen 1,000 metres lower down.
Its favourite area is steep, south-facing, sparsely wooded rocky slopes interspersed with grassy plateaus and cliffs.
 

DIET

They are herbivorous. Their diet consists of grasslands of small shoots, buds, lichen and berries when the opportunity arises. They can eat up to 20 kg of it.
 

Reproduction - LIFESPAN

They can live up to 25 years.
Sexual maturity: 1 ½ years for females and 3 years for males.
Rutting lasts 4 to 5 weeks from the end of November to mid-January.
Delivery takes place after a gestation period of 165 to 170 days.
 

LIFESTYLE

The ibex is a mainly diurnal mammal that is very active at dusk and dawn. In summer the males live in herds consisting of individuals of the same sex but old rams also live alone. The females also live in herds with their young.