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Ibex
Capra nubiana
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Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Capra
Species

Capra ibex
Capra nubiana
Capra pyrenaica (extinct)
Capra sibiria
Capra walie

An ibex, also called steinbock, is a type of wild mountain goat with large recurved horns that are transversely ridged in front. Ibex are found in Eurasia and North Africa.

The five species of ibex are grouped with four other species in the genus Capra.

The Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) is the best known. The Iberian or Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica) had smoother and more spreading horns.

Legend had it that the ibex's spine was rigid, so that the goat could not look back. If threatened from behind, it would jump off a precipice and land unharmed on its horns.

The kri-kri, sometimes called the Cretan Ibex, is a subspecies of the Wild Goat, Capra aegagrus.

The Himalayan Ibex is an endangered species and is found in Khunjerab National Park in Northern Areas of Pakistan. The National park is under the supervision of WWF, Pakistan.

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