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Altai Ibex (C. s. sibirica)

Distribution: Altai Mountains and regions northeast of the Altai [1, 5]

The Altai Ibex is reported to be smaller than other more southern subspecies and has also somewhat smaller horns. The pelage of the Altai Ibex is highly variable. Across the range, there are pelage color variations between individual populations. Generally one may say – males in winter are relatively light with back, sides and upper part of the neck mainly dirty white or yellowish white and a purer white saddle patch. Other parts are darker. Old males become nearly white. The similarity of winter colouration of adult Altai and Sayan males with the Bezoar Goat is striking. In summer the animals are lighter, more uniform brown. The saddle patch is absent. [5]

Altai Ibex in summer. Photo: Otgonbayar Baatargal, Chowd, Jargalant, Hayrhan

Altai Ibex. Photo: Otgonbayar Baatargal, Chowd, Jargalant, Hayrhan

[1] Reading, R. & Shank, C., 2008. Capra sibirica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T42398A10695735. Downloaded on 25 April 2016.

[5] Damm, Gerhard R. and Franco, Nicolás, 2014: The CIC Caprinae Atlas of the World – CIC International Coucil for Game and Wildlife Conservation, Budakeszi, Hungary in cooperation with Rowland Ward Publications RSA (Pty) Ltd., Johannesburg, South Africa. (1)