Ibex Island

High above Brookfield Zoo, these mountain goats climb sure-footedly from rock to rock. Siberian ibex are native to the alpine meadows of Central Asia, where they sometimes climb as high as 16,000 feet!

Males have long curved horns that curl backward over their head, while the horns of females are usually smaller. Ibex are well adapted to their harsh, rocky environment, thanks to their thick wooly coat and nimble hooves. Watch for them balanced on very small rocky outcrops, or leaping nimbly up the mountain.