Ibex

Asiatic ibex (Capra sibirica)

Description:
Ibex vary in color by season and between the sexes. Females are much smaller and look quite different from the males.

Ibex - male

Figure 1: Ibex - male

Ibex - female

Figure 2: Ibex - female

Relevance to snow leopard conservation:
Ibex are an important prey for snow leopards. The snow leopard is the ibex’s main predator.

Behavior:
Ibex move in herds, with males sometimes forming separate herds outside of mating season. Herds migrate throughout their range depending on snow accumulation. Ibex use their hooves to dig for food covered by snow.

Diet:
Ibex are herbivores. They are known to eat around 140 different plants, depending on availability.

Habitat:
Ibex live on steep, rocky mountainsides. They are found at elevations ranging from 500 m to 5,000 m. The elevation varies seasonally as they migrate to find food sources.

Animals that could be mistaken for this species:
While adult males’ long curved horns make them distinctive, females and young can look very similar to some domestic goats, and female and young bharals.

Images of ibex

These are images from our research cameras that CatCam visitors have identified as containing at least one ibex. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image

References

Sterndale, R.A. (1982). Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon. New Delhi: Himalayan Books.

Williams, J. 2007. “Capra sibirica” (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed July 25, 2012 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Capra_sibirica.html