Pyrenean ibex

Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica

The Pyrenean ibex was a type of Wild Goat from the Pyrenean mountains in southwestern Europe. It was known for its distinctive curved horns.


Countries where the Pyrenean ibex lived


The Pyrenean ibex lived in rocky terrain.

Pyrenean ibex habitat


The Pyrenean ibex coexisted with humans for many years, but began a 200 year extinction as Europe industrialized. The exact cause is unknown, but thought to be a combination of:

  1. Extensive hunting

  2. Increased competition for food with livestock.

In 2003, The Pyrean Ibex became the first animal to be brought back from extinction. A baby was cloned from skin samples, and survived for several minutes before dying of a lung defect.

Extinction Year