Alpine ibexes appear to have a low rate of predation and in Gran Paradiso typically die of age, starvation or disease. The higher the male's rank, the closer he can get to a female. It is now found in most or all the Italian and French alpine ranges, southern Germany , Switzerland  and Austria. These two national parks are connected and have been specially created to help the ibex to thrive. Free citation lookup at Obituary Depot.
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Compared with other members of its genus, the Alpine ibex has a short, broad head and a duller coat. It has brownish grey hair over most of the body, a pale abdomen and slightly darker markings on the chin and throat and in a stripe along the back. They moult twice a year, firstly in April or May, and then again in September, when they replace the short summer coat with thicker hair and a woolly undercoat.
Both male and female Alpine ibexes have large, backwards-curving, horns with numerous ridges along their length. The Alpine ibex was, at one point, restricted only to the Gran Paradiso National Park in northern Italy , and in the Maurienne Valley in the French Alps  but in recent years it was both reintroduced to and recolonised most of the European Alps.
It is now found in most or all the Italian and French alpine ranges, southern Germany , Switzerland  and Austria. It was also introduced to Bulgaria and Slovenia. Figures of anything from to 2, hectares 0. Alpine ibexes appear to have a low rate of predation and in Gran Paradiso typically die of age, starvation or disease. Alpine ibexes are strictly herbivorous , with over half of their diet consisting of grasses, and the remainder being a mixture of moss, flowers, leaves, and twigs.
Although the Alpine ibex is a social species, they segregate sexually and spatially depending on the season. Adult male groups, female-offspring groups, groups of young individuals 2—3 years old, and mixed sex groups. Female and offspring groups occur year-round, at least in an area of the French Alps. By April and May, the adults separate. Gatherings of males begin to decrease during October and November, and are lowest from the rut from December to March.
There is a linear dominance hierarchy among males. In small populations, which are more cohesive, male ibex know their place in the hierarchy based on memories of past encounters  while in mobile and large groups, where encounters with strangers are common, rank is based on horn size. With direct aggression, one male bumps another with its horns or places itself in front of its opponent.
It stands on its hind legs and comes down on his opponent with its horns. This may signal that it is ready to clash or it may be attempting a real clash. The breeding season starts in December, and typically lasts around six weeks. During this time, male herds break up into smaller groups that search for females.
The rut takes place in two phases. In the first phase, the male groups interact with the females who are all in oestrous. The higher the male's rank, the closer he can get to a female. In the second phase of the rut , one male separates from his group to follow an individual female. He displays to her and guards her from other males. Before copulation , the female moves her tail and courtship becomes more intensive. They copulate and then he rejoins his group and reverts to the first phase.
Alpine ibex reach sexual maturity at eighteen months, but females do not reach their maximum body size for five to six years, and males not for nine to eleven years. The horns grow throughout life, growing most rapidly during the second year of life, and thereafter by about 8 centimetres 3. Alpine ibex live for up to nineteen years in the wild. Starting in the early 16th century and with firearms becoming common, the overall population declined due to overexploitation and poaching.
The ibex became extinct in Switzerland and Germany by the 18th century, and was extinct in Austria and northeastern Italy by the 19th century. They remained only in and around the adjacent Gran Paradiso and Vanoise Massifs, then both part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. Located in the western Italian Alps and the Maurienne valley in the north eastern French alps, bordering the Vanoise and Gran Paradiso Massif, the park was declared a royal hunting reserve in with the name of "Royal hunting reserve of Gran Paradiso" by Victor Emmanuel II , the first king of a united Italy.
Ibex were protected from poaching and their numbers increased, reaching 3, in The ibex enjoyed further protection when Gran Paradiso was made into a national park in Animals from this stock both drifted naturally and were introduced to other areas. By , the number of populations of ibex numbered The Alpine ibex is a mountain icon. It is represented in many official emblems throughout the Alpine range, from France to Austria like the coat of arms of the Canton of Grisons in Switzerland or logos like Pro Natura.
The animal is at the center of the Goldhorn legend. In addition, the first Slovene-language full-length film, recorded in by Janko Ravnik , was titled In the Kingdom of the Goldhorn.
In , DNA analysis of the stomach contents of the Alpine iceman known as " Ötzi " confirmed that his last meal included ibex meat. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the African antelope sometimes known as "steinbuck" or "steinbok", see Steenbok. For other uses, see Steinbock disambiguation. Retrieved 11 January Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
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