Animals in Mongolia - Ibex

Animals in Mongolia - Ibex

Animals in Mongolia - Ibex

Animals in Mongolia - Ibex is an individual of any of several species of wild mountain goats (genus Capra), distinguished by the male's large recurved horns, which are transversely ridged in front.

The Siberian Ibex (Capra sibirica) is a species of ibex that lives in the Central Asia and Northern Asia. It was once thought that it was a subspecies of Alpine Ibex. It is found in Afghanistan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Russia.

Individual sizes vary greatly, from heights between 67–110 centimeters (26–43 in) and weights between 35–130 kilograms (77–290 lb). Typical coloration is a light tan; mature males becoming much darker with white patches. Both sexes have beards and horns. While the female's horns are small, those of a mature male can grow to a length of 130 centimeters (51 in).

Male ibex are commonly larger and heavier than females, and their most noticeable difference is the large size of their horns. Females grow a pair of smaller, thinner horns which develop considerably more slowly than the males'. The ibex's horns appear at sexual maturity and continue to grow through the rest of its life.

The female's gestation period lasts between 5-6 months, after which a single kid (sometimes 2 or even 3) is born. After 1.5 - 2 years, the kid is sexually mature. It can live for up to 16-17 years.

Usually living at high elevations, sometimes above the vegetation line, they seek out lower slopes during the winter in search of food. When snow is heavy, they have to paw away snow to reach the vegetation below. Its main predators are wolves, snow leopards, and brown bears, young kids might also fall prey to lynxes, foxes, and eagles.

Animals in Mongolia - Ibex

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