Himalayan Ibex | Capra sibirica hemalayanus

Regarded as a subspecies of the Siberian Ibex (Capra sibirica). It is the longest and heaviest member of the genus Capra, though its shoulder height is surpassed by the markhor.


They are found in the western Himalaya in Pakistan and India, usually at elevations of 3800m and higher. An adult ibex weighs about 90 kgs, and stands around 40 inches tall, with huge curved horns. The horns have notches on the front and grow each year. Their coat is thick and woolly in winter and shed in early summer. Colour ranges from pale brown to dark brown, with a darker dorsal stripe. They are usually found in small herds, and sometimes around 50 together. They normally feed on grass, moss and small shrubs. In winter, they come down to lower elevations in search of food as the mountains get covered in snow. In summer they move back upward as the snow melts.


Siberian ibex (Capra sibirica) rarely come close to human settlements.
Most Siberian ibexes are seen in central and northern Asia, Afghanistan, western and northern China (Primarily Xinjiang), north-western India, south-eastern Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, eastern Uzbekistan, Mongolia, northern Pakistan, and south-central Russia.