Species / International Ovis

Kri-Kri Ibex

Capra aegagrus cretica


Kri-Kri ibex that GSCO accepts for our records come from Sapientza Island off the southern coast of Greece (lonia Sea) as well as Atalanti Island, Greece (Aegean Sea. There is also an area further inland in Greece that has populations of both free range Kri-Kri and Kri-Kri (hybrid) ibex. This area, which holds a previous transplant of pure blood Kri-Kri ibex by the Greek government, was documented at the same time as other pure blood Kri-Kri from the Greek Island of Crete (Mediterranean Sea) were transplanted to both Sapienza and Atalanti islands. These in northern Greece were originally released into a fenced area that is now in disrepair and are intermingling with feral goats.


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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