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The chamois

In the Gorges du Tarn

Discover the chamois, an animal of the Gorges du Tarn. The chamois is the smallest member of the caprine family, which includes goats and sheep.

All about

the Chamois

Chamois from the Gordolasque Valley, one of the wildest in the Southern Alps, have been reintroduced in Lozère, in the Gorges du Tarn. Chamois can live in the mountains as well as on the plains, as long as they find rocky environments and steep rocky slopes nearby.

They feel right at home in the heart of the breathtaking Gorges du Tarn.

Physical characteristics

and gestation

More slender than a goat, the chamois has a bicolored head, and its coat varies from light brown in summer to darker brown in winter. Chamois keep their slender, straight horns throughout their lives, unlike cervids, which lose them every year. Chamois gestation lasts 165 to 175 days, with calving in May-June. Females give birth to 1 to 2 kids.




To spot chamois in the Gorges du Tarn, you have to be very lucky! Chamois are very slender and love to roam the scree!