Capra aegagrus cretica
Crete and some small adjacent islands.
Herbivore. Leaves of shrubs and trees, grasses.
Habitat: Steep mountainous regions
Dimensions: 1,29 -1,52μ, ύψος 55-90εκ
Weight: male 45-90kg, female 25-55kg
Gestation: 150-160 days, 1-2 young
Lifespan: ~22 years
Social structure: groups of 5-25 members with one male and several females with their calves.
Estimated population in Greece: ~2.000
IUCN Status in Greece: Endangered
Threats: Hybridization and poaching.
Did you know that:
It is a species endemic to Crete where we find it in the mountains of Lefka Ori and some adjacent islands. It has also been introduced in some other areas of Greece such as Parnitha National Park. The Cretan Wild Goat was introduced from Asia to Crete during the Neolithic period and interbred with domestic goats. However, it maintains the characteristics of its Asian relatives to a high degree.