Knowing the 4 types of Spanish Ibex is crucial. Two of the 4 subspecies of Spanish Ibex, Capra Pyrenaica, are now extinct, the other two can only be found in Spain. Though there are only 2 officially recognized subspecies of Ibex, there are 4 distinct expressions of those 2. Each of the 4 types has differences in body size and shape as well as horn configuration.
Southeastern Spanish Ibex, also known as Sierra Nevada Ibex, is common across the Sierra Nevada in Granada, Spain. It is a large mountainous region across the Southern coast of the country near the sea. Southeastern Ibex are quite small in body mass and light in color. Males’ horn structure is thick and long with an impressive backward curve. Their population density is not as high and truly large males can be difficult to find.
Ronda Ibex are the smallest of the 4 types of Spanish Ibex. They are isolated in a small mountain area in the Malaga province of Spain. These Ibex have unique body mass and horn configuration growing shorter, straighter horns. Ronda’s isolation makes for uniqueness not seen the other Ibex types, their density is low as well and really large individuals can be difficult to find as well.
The largest of the 4 types, the Beceite Ibex is widespread in the coastal mountains of Spain. Not only do they have the largest body mass, they have impressively wide horns. There are two types of configurations for these Ibex, ‘lira’ horns that curve back like most Spanish Ibex, and ‘palm’ shape with very flat horns making them look even larger.
The Gredos Ibex is the most famous and most well known type of Spanish Ibex. They inhabit the Gredos Mountains in the western part of the country. They have survived as a royal species protected by the Kings of old spain. The population density in Gredos is quite high and they have the second largest body mass on average. Known for their impressive horn size and ‘lyre’ configuration, the Gredos Ibex is king.
The Ibex Grand Slam
Completing the Spanish Ibex Grand Slam is a world renowned prize. Harvesting all 4 types of Ibex in each of their regions in Spain is a bucket-list-worthy goal for any hunter. Knowing each type of Ibex, their region and habitat, is crucial for anyone wanting to pursue Spanish Ibex and especially important for those chasing the Spanish Ibex Grand Slam!
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