Colour: Their summer coat varies from grey-brown, tan to honey-gold tone. They can be found at elevations up to at least 3,600 m (11,800 ft). 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For further details, contact: Chamois are found in low numbers throughout most alpine areas of the northern west coast. This Chamois was photographed the next day of the Tim Wildman hunt at a range of just under 200 meters. They rest during the middle of the day. They are renowned for their ability to occupy a range of mountain habitats, and will spread into lower altitude forest areas especially on the West Coast. Their cheeks and throat are white or pale fawn. [6] Chamois usually use speed and stealthy evasion to escape predators and can run at 50 kilometers per hour (31 mph) and can jump 2 m (6.6 ft) vertically into the air or over a distance of 6 m (20 ft).[7]. Chamois Hunting in New Zealand. Chamois are found throughout the high country of the South Island and in some lowland forests, from the Marlborough Sounds in the north to Fiordland in the south. [7] The kid is weaned at six months of age and is fully grown by one year of age. In Afrikaans, the name "gemsbok" came to refer to a species of Subsaharan antelope of the genus Oryx, and this meaning of "gemsbok" has been adopted into English. The rut is a good time to hunt for bucks as they can be preoccupied with gathering and defending does from other bucks. Female chamois and their young live in herds of up to 15 to 30 individuals; adult males tend to live solitarily for most of the year. If a mother is killed, other females in the herd may try to raise the young. For specific information on chamois presence or hunting blocks, contact: In the Nelson/Marlborough area moderate to light numbers of chamois can be found, mainly around Nelson Lakes National Park and South Marlborough. Distinct characteristics are white contrasting marks on the sides of the head with pronounced black stripes below the eyes, a white rump and a black stripe along the back. From Wellington the chamois were transhipped to the "Manaroa" and conveyed to Lyttelton, then by rail to Fairlie in South Canterbury and a four-day horse trek to Mount Cook. Transport of trophies outside of New Zealand Airline tickets Personal, Travel and Trophy insurance New Zealand rifle import license (NZ$25) Rifle Rental. Females are smaller at 600-800 mm shoulder height and weighing 19-35 kg. At present, humans are the main predator of Chamois. Why should I purchase chamois leather from The Original Chamois Company? During this time dominant males will gather available females in a harem, defending them from other males often posturing with imposing displays but rarely resulting in frontal attacks. Reproduction: Mating season begins in early-mid May, peaking in late May to early June. The chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) is a species of goat-antelope native to mountains in Europe, from west to east, including the Cantabrian mountains, the Pyrenees, the Alps and the Apennines, the Dinarides, the Tatra and the Carpathian Mountains, the Balkan Mountains, the Rila - Rhodope massif, Pindus, the northeastern mountains of Turkey, and the Caucasus. Mr Albert E.L. Bertling, formerly head keeper of the Zoological Society's Gardens, Regents Park, London, accepted an invitation from the New Zealand Government to deliver a consignment of chamois (two bucks and six does) to the colony. In Europe, Chamois spend their summers above the tree line in meadows. Horns: Both male and females have horns which are black and slender. If hunting chamois specifically, look for feeding areas away from tahr. Occasionally an area may be closed on a temporary basis to enable research or other management to be undertaken without being compromised by hunting. Some subspecies of chamois are strictly protected in the EU under the European Habitats Directive.[3]. Modern chamois leather may be made from chamois hides, but hides of deer or domestic goats or sheep are commonly used. Chamois leather, traditionally made from the hide of the chamois, is very smooth and absorbent and is favoured in cleaning, buffing, and polishing because it produces no scratching. [2] The chamois has also been introduced to the South Island of New Zealand. During the rut (mating season), males join up with the groups of females and young. Find out about chamois, where to hunt, and get tips for hunting chamois. They are renowned for their ability to occupy a range of mountain habitats, and will spread into lower altitude forest areas especially on the West Coast. Male horns are usually stouter and their hooks more strongly developed than females. An impregnated female undergoes a gestation period of 170 days, after which a single kid is usually born in May or early June - on rare occasions, twins may be born. Chamois will often avoid areas where tahr are feeding. However, as with many other quarry species, the plural for the animal is often pronounced the same as the singular. Chamois Rupicapra rupicapra were introduced here as a gift from Emperor Franz Josef in 1907 and released in the Mt Cook region of the South Island.They are a popular hunting prize in their native Europe which was why they were liberated here. They are still colonising North West Nelson and sightings have been reported as far north as the head of the Cobb Valley. Alpine chamois arrived in New Zealand in 1907 as a gift from the Austrian Emperor, Franz Joseph I in exchange for specimens of living ferns, rare birds and lizards. When travelling to more open country seeking chamois be alert for animals lower down especially on slips, creek beds, rocky outcrops etc. In summer, the fur has a rich brown colour which turns to a light grey in winter. Females and young form loose, unstable groups, and males are mostly solitary. Chamois when looking for danger will often concentrate looking down and seldom above. Chamois are naturally distributed in the Pyrenees, the mountains of south and central Europe, Turkey, and the Caucasus in Asia. However, the kids do not reach sexual maturity until they are three to four years old, although some females may mate at as early two years old. When winter rolls around, they go to lower elevations, of around 800 m (2,600 ft), to live in forests, mainly in areas dominated by pines. Chamois are found throughout the high country of the South Island and in some lowland forests, from the Marlborough Sounds in the north to Fiordland in the south. For further details, contact: There are good numbers of chamois in Mid and North Canterbury but low numbers in South Canterbury due to the expanding range of Tahr. They arise straight up before curving backwards to form sharp hooks at the ends. When hunting, where able approach from above as this often increases the chance of getting in close for a shot undetected. The first surviving releases were made in the Aoraki / Mount Cook region and these animals gradually spread over much of the South Island. [6] Males, which weigh 30–60 kg (66–132 lb), are slightly larger than females, which weigh 25–45 kg (55–99 lb). It is napped to produce a plush surface similar to moleskin or chamois leather. As a large supplier of chamois internationally, buying direct from us means a significant difference in price. [6], Chamois can reach an age of 22 years in captivity, although the maximum recorded in the wild is from 15 to 17 years of age. Chamois live mostly in alpine regions but sometimes can be found close to the sea. For further details, contact: For Hokitika/Whitcombe, Kokatahi/Toaroha, Otira/Deception, Styx/Arahura, Taipo and Taramakau catchments contact: For the Wanganui, Whataroa, Waitangitoana to Franz Josef, Saltwater Forest, Omoeroa and Okarito areas contact: For the Fox, Cook, Copland, Douglas, Mahitahi, Jacobs contact: Chamois occur in moderate numbers in Haast Valley, Landsborough and Clarke with lower numbers in valleys south of Haast being, Okuru, Turnbull, Waiatoto, Arawhata and Cascade. On their face they have a dark brown or black band that goes from the nose, around the eyes to base of horns. Chamois like to sit on lookout points, spurs or in open headwaters on small outcrops or permanent snow, where they have expansive views to watch for danger. The chamois (along with sheep and goats) are in the goat-antelope subfamily (Caprinae) of the family Bovidae.