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Article published the Monday 19 November 2012 - Latest update : Monday 19 November 2012

Extinct Ibex returned to French Pyrenees

Pyrenean Ibex to be reintroduced
Alpine ibex
J. Phelan
Pyrenean Ibex to be reintroduced


A species of ibex is set to be reintroduced to the French Pyrenees a century after it became extinct following overhunting.

A project to release the Pyrenean Ibex, native to the region for tens of thousands of years is planned for next year.

Ten male and ten female Pyrenean Ibex from Spain will initially be released in the area, with 160 introduced over seven years to rebuild the population.

The Pyrenees National Park biodiversity project is subject to a pending agreement between Spain and France and feedback from the Pyrenees people.

It follows the successful release of the Capra Ibex in the French Alps.

tags: Animals - France - Pyrenees - Spain
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