Species / International Ovis

Mid-Asian Ibex-Bukharan & Mid-Asian Ibex-Pamir

(Capra sibirica alaiana ssp)

Location

Tajikistan

Description

This subspecies can be the largest in size and grow the largest horns. Males can weigh as much as 285 pounds, or even more. Its coloration is very different from that of the Siberian and Gobi ibexes. In winter coat, most adult males are a cinnamon-brown color of varying intensity, becoming browner and duller on the flanks, shoulders and thighs. There usually is a dark, well-developed dorsal stripe, and also a light-colored saddle patch that can vary in size, shape and location. A very dark flank band separates the brown flanks from the whitish belly. There is a distinct brown band on the front surface of the forelegs, a lighter one on the hind legs. The head is lighter than the flanks-actually somewhat grayish-and the beard is brown. However, there is a good deal of individual variation in color and markings. Some animals are darker or lighter, and some are a uniform light gray color. The dorsal stripe may be wide, narrow, or absent entirely. The saddle patch may be light or dark, large or small, on the neck or shoulder instead of the small of the back, absent entirely, or there may be more than one patch.

Remarks

Two Separate Capra Opportunities from Tajikistan:
the Mid-Asian Ibex-Bukharan and the Mid-Asian Ibex-Pamir.

Shortly after announcing that GSCO would accept the Mid-Asian ibex-Pamir in Tajikistan, we received additional information on not only the newly recognized ibex that validated our decision to include the Pamir as a separate Capra species, but also other Capra-specific scientific data. Considering this most recent study, the GSCO Trophy Committee has decided to count two separate Capra opportunities from Tajikistan. The two ibex are separated by a large glacier and the 7495m peak of Ismoul Somoni.

The Mid-Asian Ibex-Bukharan may be found to the west of the line designated below, starting from the Panj River, which forms
much of the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, and going north and northwest to the base of the Ismoul Somini
mountains.

The Mid-Asian Ibex-Pamir may be found in the Pamir Mountains, with the northwest border that runs along the Alai Valley and the Vakhsh river (map below). Pamir ibex are usually identifiable by their light-colored saddle, while the Bukharan ibex will typically have dark brown fur.

Note: If you have previously successfully hunted an ibex in both Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan/Kazakhstan please contact us so that we may update your Capra list.

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