A Nubian ibex in the Judian Desert, Israel

Nubian ibex

Nubian ibex are extremely well-adapted to the steep, rocky and mountainous regions that they inhabit in northeast Africa and parts of Arabia. To cope with the hot, arid conditions they have a light-coloured shiny coat that reflects sunlight. They move up and down the precipitous cliffs with ease, and their agility in this hostile environment plays a big part in predator avoidance. Along with some impressive horns the males also have long dark beards used during scent marking and to excite the females.

Scientific name: Capra nubiana

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Nubian ibex taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Nubian ibex can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Nubian ibex distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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