Species / International Ovis

Nubian Ibex

Capra nubiana


The Red Sea Hills in Egypt and Sudan, and the mountains of Eritrea. Also found in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, and in Israel, southwestern Jordan, and the Arabian Peninsula.


Feeds early morning and late afternoon, but also at night when hunted hard. Eats grasses, bushes and foliage. Will stand on its hind legs to browse from bushes or trees. Has to survive with little or n water during much of the year. Eyesight, hearing and sense of smell are exceptional. An extremely agile climber on the steepest rock.


Smaller and more lightly built than other true ibex, and with more slender horns. Color is light brown with a dark dorsal stripe. Legs have conspicuous black-and-white markings. Beard is long and dark. The Nubian ibex is distinguished from Asian and Alpine ibex by its narrower horns with their rounded outer edges. Asian specimens of Nubian ibex are somewhat smaller than those from Africa, and have shorter, thinner horns.


Arid desert hills and mountains from sea level to 6,000 feet.


An excellent game animal, as are all wild goats. It lives in some of the most harsh, least hospitable terrain on Earth, where it has been persecuted for centuries by local people. Hunted by glassing and stalking, by conducting drives, or by waiting at waterholes. The first two require fitness on the part of the hunter; all require long-range shooting ability, often at a moving target. Success is by no means certain.

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