Today I want to write about a beautiful animal called the chamois.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These cute looking members of the goat-antelope family grow up to 130 cm long. Their small horns grow about 20 cm long. Their name is pronounced “shamwa.”
- Chamois live in very high mountain ranges and are very well suited to their environment, with a long coat in winter and padded hooves that give them excellent grip on slippery, steep slopes.
- They are very fast runners and amazing jumpers and can jump up to 2 metres high and 6 metres long when escaping predators such as wolves, lynx, foxes and eagles.
- Females live in small groups of 15-30 animals, which includes their young. The males live by themselves until joining the group just before the breeding season (called the rut) starts.
- Chamois are quite common and live in the mountains of Turkey, Italy, Romania, Switzerland and Austria. They have also been introduced to the south island of New Zealand.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about chamois?