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Nubian Ibex (Capra nubiana) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Life in Managed Care

Housing and exhibits

  • Displayed in multispecies exhibits
    • Housed with Arabian oryx, baboons, gelada, and rock hyrax in mixed species exhibits (Mott 2013)

History of Managed Care

History of managed care (from Mott 2013)

  • In North America
    • 1925: 1st Nubian ibex
      • Brought into the Philadelphia Zoo
      • 2 individuals; 1 male and 1 female
        • No modern descendents of these individuals
    • 1946-1959: Nubian ibex absent from U.S. zoos

Current Population

Current North American population (from Mott and Putnam 2013)

  • 73 animals, as of December 2013
    • Distributed across 7 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions; 1 non-AZA institution
    • 34 males, 39 females
    • All descended from 13 founders; imported during the early-1960s and mid-1970s
      • From the Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve in Israel - a part of the Israel Nature Reserves and National Parks Authority, which established and coordinated a protected breeding and reintroduction program for endangered and locally extinct animals mentioned in the Bible

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Historical records

  • 1939: first group of Nubian ibex brought to San Diego Zoo
    • From Hearst Ranch in San Simeon, California (Mott 2013)
    • No modern descendants of these individuals

Nubian Ibex

male ibex

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Page Citations

Mott (2013)
Mott and Putnam (2013)

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