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Primorye Week: Long-tailed Goral (Naemorhedus caudatus)
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  Number 0393 Here is a long-tailed goral, another mammal of Primorye, the region in the far east of Russia that we’re visiting this week. If you’d like a brief introduction to the place and why we’re there, check out Monday’s musk deer. The long-tailed goral is a goat that lives in China, Russia, and north and south Korea. It’s rare for a goat...

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World Cup: Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica)
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Number 0342 The Spanish ibex is our penultimate mammalian World Cup competitor! Representing Spain, natch, it’s a nimble goat that lives in rocky places, once throughout the Iberian Peninsula, but now only in Spain and where it’s been reintroduced to Portugal. Of the four subspecies that once existed, only two remain. The last Pyrenean ibex, Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica, died in 2000 after being hit...

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World Cup: Slovakia’s Tatra Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica)
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Number 0335 I don’t usually highlight a particular subspecies, but when it comes to picking a representative for Slovakia, my father-in-law’s ancestral home and the source of the yak in my name, I wanted to do it up right. Meet the Tatra chamois, a subspecies of the regular chamois, which lives only in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia and Poland and numbers fewer than...

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World Cup: Italy’s Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex)
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Number 0332 Here we go with our World Cup celebration, meeting one mammal from each of the 32 countries that were in the World Cup! Were is a key word in this case, as reigning champ Italy, today’s country, didn’t make it out of the group stage. But that’s not the alpine ibex’s fault! Alpine ibexes were once pretty common in the Swiss, French,...

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Markhor (Capra falconeri)
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Number 0204 This twisty goat lives in the western Himalayas, in parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It’s endangered due to hunting for food and “traditional medicine,” warfare, and increasing competition with livestock. Hunting permits for the markhor can fetch quite a price: a couple of weeks ago some Norwegian paid US$81,200 for the right to kill one in Pakistan. The word...

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Rocky Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus)
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Number 0001 In 14 years, I will have drawn every mammal there is! Or something! So to get started, I’m going to be filling some years-old requests from my friend Leigh, beginning with the Rocky Mountain goat. Both sexes have the horns. This guy here has his summer coat. Rocky mountain goat on Animal Diversity...

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