Ibex, Steinbock & Chamois
Here’s the question: what’s the difference between an ibex, a steinbock and a chamois? Here’s our quick answer:
Ibex & Steinbock
The ibex and the steinbock are the same thing. The scientific name is Capra ibex, a species of mountain goat that thrives in the high places of the European Alps. It’s common name is Alpine ibex.
Germans call him a Steinbock.
Italians call him a stambecco.
French call him a bouquetin.
Slovenians call him a kozorog.
Astrologers call him Capricorn.
Characteristics: His enormous backward curving horns give him away. The horns of a male ibex can reach lengths of more than three feet. Males commonly grow to about three feet tall and weight between 150 and 200 pounds.
A chamois is an entirely different animal. Referred to as Rupicapra rupicapra, a chamois is a goat-antelope species that, while originally native to the mountains of Europe, now roams as far of New Zealand.
Italians call him a camoscio.
Germans call him a Gämse.
Characteristics: Chamois have short, somewhat straightish horns, which hook backward at the tip. A fully-grown chamois reaches a height around 2 and a-half feet and weighs an average of 45 to 65 pounds, considerably smaller than an ibex.