The Capricorn - Wanted Poster


Surname: Capricorn
Latin name: Capra
class: Mammals
size: approx. 1,5m (head-hull-length)
mass: 50 - 150kg
Older: 15 - 20 years
Appearance: depending on the species
Sexual dimorphism: Yes
Nutrition type: Herbivore (herbivor)
food: Grasses, mosses, herbs
distribution: Africa, Europe, Asia
original origin: unknown
Sleep-wake rhythm: diurnal
habitat: Mountains
natural enemies: /
sexual maturity: about the age of three
mating season: December - February
gestation: 5 - 6 months
litter size: 1 - 2 kittens
social behavior: Herd animal
Threatened with extinction: No
Further profiles of animals can be found in the Encyclopaedia.

Interesting facts about the ibex

  • Capricorn or Capra refers to a genus of several species within goats.
  • Capricorns are divided into seven species that are only partially closely related to each other.
  • Common to almost all species are the strikingly curved, back-facing horns of the bucks and the pronounced long beard at the throat.
  • Depending on the species, ibexes as climbing animals colonize different habitats in the high mountains of Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • The Alpine ibex lives, as its name suggests, in Alpine areas between the forest and the ice border at up to 3500 meters. The Siberian ibex inhabits inner-Asian mountain ranges, the habitat of the Nubian ibex extends from Palestine to Egypt and Arabia.
  • The ibexes native to the Caucasus are divided into two types, the Western and the Eastern Caucasian ibex. The Ethiopian ibex occurs exclusively in the Semiengebirge.
  • Depending on the species, ibexes reach a height at the withers of 70 to 120 centimeters and a maximum weight of 150 kilograms, whereby the goats are always much smaller than the bucks.
  • The physique of the ibex appears stocky and very strong, the legs are medium-long, the tail is short.
  • The coat color may appear red and maroon, or in different shades of gray, depending on the species. The belly is usually white or beige colored. The density and length of the coat is different depending on the season. In winter, ibexes show a rather woolly coat.
  • Depending on the species, the bucks have different lengths of horns, while the goats differ only slightly in appearance.
  • Ibexes avoid valleys and prefer to stay on barren stone slopes. Only in spring, when they go in search of fresh sprouting grass, they are also found in lower elevations.
  • With the exception of the Nubian Ibex, these goats are dependent on a regular water supply.
  • Capricorns are very sociable animals, which join together to form separate sex groups.
  • The mating season extends from December to February. The goats fight at this time with the help of their powerful horns bitterly together around the goats.
  • The winners approach the females in a walking corridor, stretch their heads in front of them, fold up their tails and produce a fluttering rutting noise with their tongues outstretched.
  • After a gestation period of a maximum of 180 days, the goat brings a fawn, rarely twins to the world. Within the herds, the cubs join together to small Kitzrudeln. In these kindergartens, they try together in playful fighting and jumping exercises.
  • In Europe, the ibexes are seriously endangered by poaching today. Certain epidemics also regularly cause a large decimation of stocks. In the Alps, intensive attempts at re-naturalization have been very successful for several decades.
  • The life expectancy of the ibex is between fifteen and twenty years, depending on the species. On the horns, the age of an ibex can be determined by means of the growth rings.