Chamois

 Current Chamois records as at 30/06/17 are as follows:
Place Name Douglas Score Date Location
1st Samantha Radley 27 ¾ 5/01/16 South Marlborough
2nd= Cody Weller 27 ½ 08/01/17 Franz Josef
3rd= Cody Weller 27 ¼ 29/12/03 Franz Josef
3rd= Steven Boyd 27 ¼ 23/05/05 Karangarua River
3rd= Cody Weller 27 ¼ 8/01/14 South Marlborough
6th= John McIntosh 27 8/03/96 Franz Josef
6th= Buck Kimber 27 18/05/11 Butler Range
8th= Paul Huxtable 26 ¾ 23/10/04 North Canterbury
8th= Adrian Waters 26 ¾ 1/02/15 South Westland
10th= Paddy Long 26 ¼ 6/02/89 Whataroa River
10th= Stu Moore 26 ¼ 25/10/04 North Canterbury
10th= Adrian Waters 26 ¼ 1/01/09 South Westland
About Chamois

The chamois is a goat-antelope genus native to mountains in Europe, including the European Alps, the Pyrenees, the Carpathians, the Tatra Mountains, the Balkans, parts of Turkey, the Caucasus, and the Apennines. The chamois has also been introduced to the South Island of New Zealand. chamois_infoSome subspecies of chamois are strictly protected in the EU under the European Habitats Directive.

A fully grown chamois reaches a height of 70–80 cm (28–31 in) and measures 107–137 cm (42–54 in) (the tail is not generally visible except when defecating).  Males, which weigh 30–60 kg (66–132 lb), are slightly larger than females, which weigh 25–45 kg (55–99 lb).

Both males and females have short, straightish horns which are hooked backwards near the tip, the horn of the male being thicker. In summer, the fur has a rich brown colour which turns to a light grey in winter. 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.