Alpine ibex

Capra ibex ibex

Way of life: in herds, older ibex live as individual animals

Reproduction: mating season from december to january, a cub is born from 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. This is not possible by stone goat. Ibex can grow very old in zoos.



Central Eruope, Alps


steep, rocky terrain above the tree line up to 3500 m altitude


Grasses and herbs


up to 150 kg


Body length up to 170 cm, body height up to 105 cm, horns up to 80 cm long

Erreichbares Alter:

10 to 15 years

Tierpaten Ehrentafel

Alpine ibex „Charly“, born 01. June 2011 – sponsor:

Wild Karl, Ramingdorf, Behamberg



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