by Dott. Eugenio di Zenobio  Naturalistic Guide    
by Dott. Eugenio di Zenobio  Naturalistic Guide    

Abruzzi Chamois

Identification of sex and age

zoomThe chamois has a sexual dimorphism many reduced; that is, the morphological different between the two sexs is very small.
In the adults the principal dofferent is in the horns: the horns of the male have a greater base and are more hooked. Further elements come from the head and the neck (more massive in the males) and from the ventral profile (in the male it's more convex; instead in the female, it seems divided in two half). Moreover the male distinguish itself for the "brush" (forelock of spots that departs from the penis).

To identify the sex, also the behaviour and the use of the animal can help us.
The male, for example, curl up less than the female (the littles curl up ever, so it's impossible to recognize it) and urinating it has a different position. If -instead- we meet a solitary animal, it is certainly a male.

zoomThe determination of the age is difficult and only an expert eye can be able to recognize it. The most efficient method is that to count the rings on the horns.

In the National Park of Abruzzo the growth of the horns is much homogeneous in the individuals, and so it's been developed a method founded on the report between the development of the horns and the lenght of the ears. This method has grouped the chamois of the National Park of Abruzzo in 6 groups of age.
For the moment, the same method can not be applied to the chamois of Majella and Gran Sasso because we must verify if the report horn-ear is present.