Crete Wild Goat

(Capra aegagrus cretica)


Facts

Crete Wild Goat IUCN VULNERABLE (VU)

 

Facts about this animal

The size and body mass of bezoar goats varies considerably depending of the region of origin/subspecies. While males from Iran may reach a body-weight of 90 kg, and females half as much, the body-weight of male Crete wild goats is reported to range from 26-42 kg.

Males have much longer horns than females (up to 126 cm) and their coat is more colourful.

Did you know?
why the Crete wild goat is also called "bezoar goat"? This is because in the stomach of the wild goat (and also in ibexes) one often finds "bezoars", i.e. balls of swallowed foreign material (usually hair or fiber) that collects in the stomach and fails to pass through the intestines. In oriental medicine and, in former times, also in Europe medicinal properties were ascribed to bezoars.


 

Factsheet
Class MAMMALIA
Order ARTIODACTYLA
Suborder RUMINANTIA
Family BOVIDAE
Name (Scientific) Capra aegagrus cretica
Name (English) Crete Wild Goat
Name (French) Chèvre sauvage de Crète
Name (German) Kretische Wildziege
Name (Spanish) Cabra salvaje Cretan
Local names Kri-kri (Greek), Bezoar
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed

 

 

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M. Tiedemann

Distribution

 


Distribution
Range Greece (Crete, Dia, Thodorou and Agii Pandes)
Habitat Mountainous regions
Wild population Unknown, decreasing (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population 102 reported to ISIS

In the Zoo

Crete Wild Goat

 

How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 73 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.

 

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Alex Sliwa

Why do zoos keep this animal

The bezoar goat is the ancestor of the domestic goat, and displaying them to the public is therefore of major educational interest. European zoos keep bezoar goats also as an element of the European fauna, which will be seen in the wild only by very few people.