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mountain goat antelope

Rebecos (Rupicapra pyrenaica parva)

Rupicapra rupicapra. Chamois live in the Alps where restaurants in autumn or winter might offer a roast cuissot (thigh) or gigot (leg) or civet de chamois.

The isard is a Pyrenean subspecies of chamois that was almost hunted to extinction in the 1960s, but has since revived and prospered in the Pyrenees National Park, so much so that hunting has been allowed again to a limited extent.


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Juan Lacruz