Way of life: in herds, older ibex live as individual animals
Reproduction: mating season from december to january, a cub is born around may
Natural enemies of the young ibex: golden eagle, fox
Early Alpine ibex was used for all sorts of human infirmities in folk medicine. That’s why this species in Europe almost extinct in the wild.
In the 19th century, a herd of 100 animals was protected in Italy. From there, attempts were made to preserve the last ibexes in zoos and enclosures. At the beginning of the 20th century, the first ibexes were again released into the wild in Switzerland. Austria, Germany and France followed. Today, this species ist considered safe again.
The age of a male Alpine ibex can be seen from the yearly growing rings on its horns. In zoos ibex can get very old.