Alpine Ibexes – Rock Climbers


Ibex, like all goats, are herbivores - they rely on moss, grass, and branches to survive. Usually, these animals live at an altitude of 2-4.5 km. in the mountains, and in winter they descend lower, as they lack food.


The ability to climb so high is a defensive technique for ibexes, as very few predators can chase them. Foxes, bears, wolves, and lynxes hunt goats. To defend themselves, the animals climb onto their incredibly strong hind legs and point their horns at the predators.


By the early 19th century, ibexes were practically extinct, with many hunted for their supposed mystical properties - medicinal horns and meat. As a result of constant hunting, about a hundred representatives of the species remained.

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