Current Chamois records are as follows:
|1st||Samantha Radley||27 ¾||5/01/16||South Marlborough|
|2nd=||Cody Weller||27 ¼||29/12/03||Franz Josef|
|2nd=||Steven Boyd||27 ¼||23/05/05||Karangarua River|
|2nd=||Cody Weller||27 ¼||8/01/14||South Marlborough|
|5th=||John McIntosh||27||8/03/96||Franz Josef|
|5th=||Buck Kimber||27||18/05/11||Butler Range|
|7th=||Paul Huxtable||26 ¾||23/10/04||North Canterbury|
|7th=||Adrian Waters||26 ¾||1/02/15||South Westland|
|9th=||Paddy Long||26 ¼||6/02/89||Whataroa River|
|9th=||Stu Moore||26 ¼||25/10/04||North Canterbury|
|9th=||Adrian Waters||26 ¼||1/01/09||South Westland|
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. Some 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.