Living Wild

Female Nubian Ibex Osnat HalperinBarlev

Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev


You have come to my


To my desert,

My home.

So why look

So surprised

To see me coming





Nubian ibex (Capra nubiana) are desert-dwelling goat species that are found in mountainous areas of North Africa and the Middle East. The wild population is considered “vulnerable” and is estimated at only 1,200 individuals. Nubian ibexes stand around 65–75 cm (2.1–2.6 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh around 50 kilograms (110 lb). They live in rough dry mountainous terrain and are a light tan color, with a white underbelly. Males also have a dark brown stripe down the back. Nubian ibexes have long thin horns which extend up and then backwards and down. In males these reach around about 1 meter (~ 1 yard) in length while in females they are much smaller and reach around 30 cm (~ 1 foot).


For Terri’s Sunday Still challenge: Wildlife

For Becky’s Spiky Squares challenge (even though this is not strictly a square …)


10 thoughts on “Living Wild

    • It is more us human visiting THEIR backyard … but, yeah, lucky indeed to have seen them more than once. This photo was taken by my niece, who’d seen more of them than I had, because they are often hiking and have spent a year living with their kids in a house-van, in nature, where wildlife got close enough for such photos! πŸ™‚ Na’ama

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    • Oh … thanks, Terri!
      Might take a peek at that spiky thing challenge. The more the merrier! πŸ™‚
      Yes, they are lovely animals, and it IS very sad they are considered vulnerable.


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