Alpine Ibex

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Alpine Ibex

Alpine IbexOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Also known as: Ibex
Japanese Name: アイベックス
Romanised Name: Aibekkusu
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Capra ibex
Distribution: Alps
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 10-18 years
Read More: Alpine ibex
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Alpine Ibex Nexon Game

The Alpine Ibex is a Bovid Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Alpine Ibex has short brownish grey hair which is cut very close to the head, with the hair left long enough to past the fringe. She has small, feather-like hairs on the topmost head spot, representing the female alpine ibex's horns. She has purple eyes, and judging by her face expression she seems relaxed.

Alpine Ibex wears a white sleeveless coat dress which has five buttons, three of them vertically aligned on the belly and two of them on her chest. Her coat has a purple belt which slightly extended to her right to hold horns which have the shape of a boomerang. The coat's edges have white fur.

Inside her coat, she might wears a brownish grey blouse with sleeves extending to her arms with each cuff closed with one button. She wears black tights, and boots which have a white line around the upper part. Around her neck, she bears a purple bandana.

As with most of the Friends, she has the ears of the animal she's based on.

In Real Life

Female Alpine Ibex(Capra ibex)

The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex), also known as the steinbock or bouquetin, is a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps. There are five species of ibex, according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). They have long, curved horns and cloven hooves. Males have long beards.

Alpine ibex typically inhabit open, rocky habitats at high altitude, above the tree line. Steep, south-facing slops with rugged topography and grassy vegetation are preferred. Below the tree line, at subalpine levels, ibex are only found in open, sunny woodland interspersed with rocky outcrops.

The Ibex is a species of wild mountain goat that have huge back-curving horns. Both male and female Alpine ibexes have these large, backwards-curving, horns with numerous ridges along their length, those of the males are substantially larger than those of females which are slightly shorter, thinner and curve slightly more backwards. Horns are used to defend themselves against predators. Ibex are herding animals which are subject to a wide variety predators. Eagles, bears, leopards and humans all play significant roles in regulating the ibex population.

Being able to climb to great heights is also an ibexes defence technique as very few predators can follow them to the steepest regions of their habitat. Ibex are very nimble. They can jump more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) straight up without a running start. This helps them climb mountainous terrain with ease.

Ibex are herbivores; they only eat vegetation, such as shrubs, bushes and grasses. Grazing accounts for a significant part of their eating habits. The low nutritional value of their diet means the ibex must spend much of the day eating. These browsers and grazers become active in the afternoon and into the evening and feed through out the night in the forest, returning to the rock cliffs in the morning. In the spring the animals migrate back into the mountains to new feeding areas. In the winter when the snow is deep and the weather is severe they migrate down to south facing slopes which have more food and less snow.

Although the species is not considered threatened at present, there is concern regarding genetic diversity, the founder effect and minimum viable populations. The Alpine ibex is listed and is protected under national legislation in most range states. It occurs in a number of protected areas and it has been the subject of intensive conservation management in the form of reintroductions and introductions.

Trivia

Male Alpine Ibex(Capra ibex)
  • As a browser, this ibex probably influences the vegetational community, As a prey species, it is likely that the availablitliy of ibex affects the populations of predators.
  • In the eighteenth century some Europeans believed ibex were magical. Today's equivalent of the magical ibex is the zodiac sign Capricorn.

References

1. "Capra ibex". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

2. "Facts About Ibex". Live Science.

3. "Capra ibex". Animal diversity Web.

4. "Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex)". Animal Corner.

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