Graubünden Tourism

The Alpine Ibex

The Capricorn in Numbers

The alpine ibex, also known as the Capricorn, used to be considered a walking pharmacy. For a long time, horn shavings were used against cramps and ibex blood as a remedy against bladder stones. By 1650, the ibex was therefore wiped out in large areas of the Alps. Only in the Italian Aosta Valley did some animals survive. In a not entirely legal way – also known as smuggling – three ibex were successfully reintroduced into the Swiss National Park around 100 years ago. What followed is a true success story of this skilful climber with impressive numbers.

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