A hoofed goat
living in the high slopes of Eastern European mountians, specifically the Alps
. It weighs anywhere from 50 - 100 lbs. and is about 2'7" tall. Its horn
is black, protruding from the forehead, and the tip bends backwards. Its tail is black and the coat
varies, but there are black patches underneath the eyes (on the cheeks) and along its back.
The animal feeds on grass
es and herbs
along the mountain, and in colder seasons descends to high forests to eat pine
shoots. The animal tends to live in herd
s ranging from 5 to 30 in number. A lookout for the pack gives warning with a whistling sound to alert the others during feeding.
The male marks his territory through a secretion
from a gland found behind the horn. He then lays claim to any females within his territory.
' or gestation
lasts 24 weeks and produces one child. The animal has been hunted for its meat
. Some chamois are now considered endangered and are protected in the Swiss National Park