Nubian ibex

Capra nubiana


The Nubian ibex with long and heavy horns is considered one of the ancestors of the domestic goat. The huge scimitar-shaped horns with ridges are used for attacking and defence in rivalry with other males.

The Nubian ibex is found in Egypt, Ethiopia, Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen. It inhabits arid mountainsides of the desert regions at altitudes ranging from 400 m below sea level to 1,800 m above sea level.

The species is threatened by competition with domestic livestock (access to watering places varies yearly), poaching and destruction of habitat. In Jordan the main cause of decline is small-numbered and isolated populations. Total number: <6,000, ↓

International studbook for the Nubian ibex is kept by Bratislava Zoo.

The horn length of an adult male is up to 140 cm.

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  • Ticket office
  • Indoor expositions *
  • Children’s Zoo

*Indoor expositions are closed on Mondays.
The Zoo closes two hours after the ticket office is closed.

How to get here

Paldiski mnt. 145 – North Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Freedom square (Vabaduse väljak) buses no. 22, 41, and 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Railway station (Balti jaam) buses no. 21, 41, and 43 (Bus stop Zoo)

Ehitajate tee 150 – West Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Karikakra or Nurmenuku) From Railway station (Balti jaam) bus no. 43 (Bus stop Karikakra, Nurmenuku or Zoo) Buses no. 10, 12, 13, 28, 37, 45, 46, 47

Zoo map


E-R +372 6943 300; Emergency: 512 69 65

Ehitajate tee 150/Paldiski mnt. 145
Tallinn 13522, Estonia

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