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Rupicapra rupicapra


This alpine member of the Caprinae is easily recognized by its shorter black horns (curved at the top for adults; present on both males and females), which it keeps for the duration of its life. Its semi-flexed posture gives the chamois a lot of spring.


Native to European mountains; forests, pastures and rocks.


There are two different individuals in this spotting. Generally you're aware of their presence because of the noise made by rocks falling under their footsteps. However the one on the first pic virtually jumped in front of me and totally surprised me. 5th pic comes with a complimentary alpine marmot in the frame. To learn more about the alpine marmot see

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DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you CICI! You're very kind.

CICI 8 years ago

This is one of the best pictures you have took! Beautiful! You did it again Danielle!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks hayde! As a complete coincidence I happened to see two in the distance today....

hayde 9 years ago

What a beautiful catch! They are really amazing, I've seen them in Poland jumping on horrifyingly steep rocks and it is just unbelievable. Another impressive spotting Daniele :)

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Merci Luc! It's native only to Europeans mountains and very agile on steep slopes.

LucBertrand 9 years ago

I love this animal !! I had never seen before Chamois. It is very beautiful and your photos are great. :))

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Added more pics to this spotting.

Spotted by

Bex, Vaud, Switzerland

Spotted on Jun 15, 2011
Submitted on Jun 22, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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