Chamois

Where can I see the Chamois

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The Chamois is a goat antelope found in Europe, North Africa and Asia. It is closely related to the European goat. The name "Chamois" comes from the French word for this animal, which is spelled "chameau".

The Chamois has excellent climbing skills enabling it to climb steep mountains without fear of any falls or losing balance. These nimble animals are able to move their legs independently of each other, much like humans do when they walk. This enables them to manoeuvre across treacherous terrain with ease. They can also turn their feet so that only their outside hoof touches the ground making it easier for them to run over rocky surfaces while balancing on two legs at times.

The Chamois prefers open woodland with plenty of bushes where it can hide when necessary. It also enjoys being near streams or creeks so that it has access to fresh water at all times. Because Chamois do not have much body fat stored away for insulation against cold weather they prefer warmer climates throughout the year. Their fur coat changes colour with the seasons. In the spring it is a lighter colour and in the winter it takes on a darker hue to blend in with their surroundings enabling them to camouflage themselves when they need to protect themselves from predators.

The male Chamois grow up to 60 inches tall and 70 pounds in weight while females can reach 40 inches in height and around 45 pounds in weight.

Animal population
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IUCN Classification
Least Concern (LC)
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Geeky Facts about the Chamois

Fact 1

The chamois is in the goat-antelope subfamily, the same as goats and sheep.

Fact 2

They can be found at elevations up to at least 3,600 m.

Fact 3

Chamois has thick woolly coat that is reddish brown-colored during the summer and light grey during the winter.

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Areas of Natural Beauty where you can see the Chamois in the wild