Wildlife and tourism in Tajikistan

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Ibex

The Central Asian ibex (Capra sibirica) is widely distributed in all mountain regions of Tajikistan. You might find them on the highlands of the Eastern Pamirs, on the ridges of the narrow valleys of the Western Pamirs, and even in the northern areas, from Hissor to Zarafshon.

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What can Wikipedia tell us about the Central Asian ibex?

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberian_ibex (15.07.2010)

The Siberian Ibex (Capra sibirica) is a species of ibex that lives in Central Asia and Northern Asia. It was once thought that it was a subspecies of Alpine Ibex. It is found in Afghanistan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Russia.

Appearance

Individual sizes vary greatly, from heights between 67–110 centimetres (26–43 in) and weights between 35–130 kilograms (77–290 lb). Typical colouration is a light tan; mature males becoming much darker with white patches. Both sexes have beards and horns. While the female's horns are small, those of a mature male can grow to a length of 130 centimetres (51 in).

Reproduction

The female's gestation period lasts between 5–6 months, after which a single kid (sometimes 2 or even 3) is born. After 1.5–2 years, the kid is sexually mature. It can live for up to 16–17 years.

Behavior

Usually living at high elevations, sometimes above the vegetation line, they seek out lower slopes during the winter in search of food. When snow is heavy, they have to paw away snow to reach the vegetation below. Its main predators are wolves, snow leopards, and brown bears, young ibex may also fall prey to lynxes, foxes, and eagles.

Habitat and Distribution

Its habitat is alpine meadows in Central and Northern Asia. There is also an introduced population in the Florida Mountains in Luna County, New Mexico [2]