Here you will find intriguing extras: segments our producers weren't able to fit into a five-minute podcast as well as images, interesting facts and ways to get involved or in touch with biodiversity wherever you live.
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Elastic-like pads on the chamois’ hooves give them a sure-footed grip on rough, steep terrain. Learn more
Chamois prefer high altitudes, generally not straying below 1800 meters or about 5900 feet. They graze these high alpine meadows, staying close to the safety of the cliffs, where most predators can’t follow. Learn more.
Chamois herds post “sentinels” who keep watch, alerting the herd to danger by foot stamping and making a high-pitched whistle. Learn more
Hair from the chamois’ back is used to make the “gamsbart,” the short, stiff brush that adorns traditional Tyrolean hats. Learn more
Ranger Philipe Boquerat and encounters a chamois on a steep rock face
Photo courtesy of Philipe Boquerat
The landscape of Chartreuse in France is home to ibex, lynx, and wolves, as well as the bearded vulture, or lammergeier. Orchids also thrive here. Learn more about these species on Enyclopedia of Life species pages.
Citizen Science Connections
Glacier National Park in West Glacier, Montana, U.S.A., has an ongoing citizen-science project monitoring three High Country species: the pika, the Clark’s nutcracker, and a cousin of the chamois, the Rocky Mountain goat, Oreamnos americanus. So far citizen scientists in the park have completed 276 surveys of these species. International visitors can also find information about volunteering in the park.