Pyrenean Chamois, Rupicapra pyrenaica

The Pyrenean chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica), also known as the izard or isard in the French language, is a species of goat-antelope that can be found in the Cantabrian Mountains, the Apennine Mountains, and the Pyrenees. It will reside in habitats at an elevation of up to 9,842 feet. It holds three subspecies. The Pyrenean chamois is small, reaching an average height of 2.6 feet at the shoulder. Both males and females grow backward curving horns that reach an average length of 7.8 inches. The fur is typically reddish brown in color during the summer and brownish black in the winter with dark patches occurring around the eyes. This species consumes buds from trees, grasses, and lichens. It almost became extinct due to over hunting, like all species of chamois, but was estimated to have a total population of around 25,000 in 2002. The Pyrenean chamois appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Pyrenean Chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaïca). Credit: Bernard-boehne/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 3.0)