Species / International Ovis

Kri-Kri Ibex

Capra aegagrus cretica


The indigenous Kri-Kri ibex are found in huntable populations on the Greek Islands of Crete (Mediterranean Sea) Sapientza (Ionian Sea) and Atalanti (Aegean Sea). GSCO has accepted the Kri-Kri ibex from Macedonia in the past, but due to recent developments this ibex will not be accepted any longer after 12/31/2016 if it has been taken inside of a high-fence operation. All of the Kri-Kri ibex taken before 12/31/2016 will still count toward the Capra World Slam, Super 20 and Super 30, because it has been such a successful conservation tool to release these goats into the wild.


The Kri-Kri ibex is a handsome, relatively slender animal with blackish-brown marking that contrast with the lighter overall color. Summer coat is reddish-brown, turning ashy gray in winter in adult males. Under parts and back of legs are white. The dark blackish areas include a dorsal stripe, shoulder stripes, flank stripes, front of legs, chest, tail, throat, face and beard. Calluses develop on the knees and sometimes on the chest. Males are characterized by large, scimitar-shaped, laterally compressed horns. The front edge is a sharp keel with a number of bold, sharp-edged, widely separated knobs.


The Kri-Kri ibex on Sapientza and Atalanti Island can only be hunted on certain days during the week and it has to be with a smooth-bore shotgun using slugs and no optics. The only two Kri-Kri ibex entries taken on the Greek Island of Crete in the GSCO and SCI archives were taken by Rudolph Sand (1981) and Soudy Golabchi (1989).

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