НУБИЙСКИЙ ГОРНЫЙ КОЗЁЛ
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.