Abruzzo Chamois

The Abruzzo chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata) is an Apennine subspecies of chamois, saved from extinction by the institution of the Abruzzo National Park in 1922, when only few tens of specimens survived on the Camosciara and Meta mountains. Today, thanks to successful reintroductions, the population of this wild horn numbers 2.000 units, spread on the mountains of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga (whose it is the symbol) and Majella National Park.

The Abruzzo chamois lives on mountainous lands characterized by an alternation of cliffs, crags, alpine pastures and forests. In winter especially females and kids tend to go down 1.000 m searching for food: grass, lichen, moss and buds. The rut is in autumn. After a 6 mounths gestation, the female gives birth to only one kid.

Abruzzo chamois is different from Alpine Chamois because of its horns: 30 cm long in the first, about 20 in the second. Wolf, lynks and golden eagle are its natural predators.

We thank the society-cooperative La Camosciara for the stunning pictures of this superb climber of the Abruzzo mountains.

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