Chamois female with her young
|Copyright: Szilard Palcza (sziszi)
|Date Taken: 2006-08-16|
|Camera: Pentax *ist DS, Sigma AF 400mm/F5.6|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-08-29 13:12|
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|The chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) is a goat-like animal that lives in the European Alps, central Italian Appennine regions Corno Grande, as well as the high mountains of Slovakia (High Tatras), Romania, Bulgaria, northern Greece and the Republic of Macedonia. Chamois were successfully introduced to the South Island of New Zealand in 1907, where it has caused damage to mountain ecosystems. It is one of only two species of the genus Rupicapra, the other being the Pyrenean Chamois, Rupicapra pyrenaica. It is in the Caprinae subfamily of bovids, along with sheep and goats.|
As a mountain dweller, the chamois is excellently adapted to living in rugged, rocky terrain. Its climbing abilities are only surpassed by the Alpine Ibex. A fully grown chamois reaches a height of about 75 cm (2.5 feet) and weighs about 50 kg (110 lb). Both males and females have short horns which are slightly curled backwards. In summer, the chamois' fur has a rich brown color which turns to a light grey in winter. Distinct characteristics are a white face with pronounced black stripes below the eyes, a white backside and a black dorsal strip. Chamois can reach an age of up to 20 years.
Female chamois and their kids live in herds; grown-up males tend to live solitary for most of the year. During rut season (late November/early December in Europe, May in New Zealand), males seek out female herds and engage in fierce fights with each other. After a gestation period of 20 weeks, a single kid is born. The kid is fully grown at an age of three years. It is rumored that in farming areas, male chamois will occasionally mate with goats and produce sterile hybrids, but no such event has ever been scientifically recorded.
Due to their tasty meat, chamois are popular game animals; the tuft of hair from the back of the neck is traditionally used as a "gamsbart" (literally chamois beard), a decoration commonly worn on hats throughout the alpine countries.
The German name for the Chamois is Gämse (or Gämsbock for the male animal); in English usage, the term gemsbok is often misapplied to a species of sub-Saharan antelope of the genus Oryx.
The word chamois was borrowed from French. It comes from Latin camox, a borrowing from Gaulish.
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delightful picture, this is so cute and intimate. thanks, Ori
- [2006-08-29 14:54]
wonderful photo of these chamois+ I like the photo of wild big animals and I think they are the most difficult to get, that is why I appreciate them a lot
Interesting notes on the Chamois. I love the composition of the young one standing on the edge of a cliff. Very nice colours and detail. The background is nicely blurred. TFS Janice
- [2006-08-29 20:12]
Bravo pour cette belle présentation.
- [2006-08-30 1:54]
Woooooow ! What a wonderful and interesting shot that you have very well done ! A great pleasure to be able to admire Chamois and especialy a mother with her baby. I also appreciate your instructive note...
Congratulations Szilard and thanks for sharing.
Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu