Interesting facts 

That’s how the “King of the Alps” returned to his Throne

The history of the Alpine ibex is a success story of a resettlement. The "King of the Alps" was already almost extinct throughout the Alpine space as early as the 16th century. Today more than 40,000 ibex inhabit the Alpine arch, about 14,000 of these proud animals live in Switzerland.

The reason for the extermination of the majestic Ibex was not only the trophy hunting and the game, but also the healing effects attributed to the horns, the hair, the blood and the "Bezoar balls". The latter are small balls of hair and plant remnants in the stomach of the Ibex. They were sold in pharmacies and people hoped for relief from dizziness, fainting, jaundice, and melancholy. Only about a hundred animals survived. Thanks to a successful resettlement program, the Alpine ibex has now returned to its habitat. The growth of the populations has been also accompanied by an increase of damages to afforestation, avalanche barriers and alpine grasslands. Therefore the stocks have been regulated since some time with hunting.

The Alpine Ibex or Common Ibex belongs to the genus of the goats and belongs to the ruminants and cloven-hoofed animals. They live in steep and rocky slopes between the forest and ice border up to an altitude of 3200 m a.s.l. The male is significantly larger than the female with a head-trunk length of up to 170 cm and a shoulder height of 90 cm. Both sexes bear the characteristic goat's beard and horns, while those of the female are short and almost straight,  those of the males are impressively bent backwards and long up to one meter. The animals feed plants rich in proteins and minerals of the highlands. The females and young animals live in herds, the old, grown males live as loner, while the young males form loose groups.