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    Posted 4 years ago

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    As I mentioned before I am on holiday in the High Tatra mountains. Me and my husband enjoy hiking. Few times we spotted a herd of chamois on our walks. The Tatra chamois is a subspecies of the Alpine chamois. While their cousin in the Alps is widespread and has a large population, the Tatra chamois (Rupicapra Rupicapra tatrica) is listed as critically endangered, around the year 2000 their population fell below 200 individuals. As its name indicates, it lives only in the Tatra region on the border of Slovakia and Poland, protected in national parks.
    A programme started in 2001 to save them by strict regulation of tourism and supressing of poaching. The programme was successful and the numbers of this endemic subspecies started to recover. Now the last four years their numbers reached slightly above 1000 individuals.
    On the first pic is a bit startled animal only few metres from the footpath. Actually they are not very shy, it is quite easy to spot them from a distance, altough they do not like if humans want to take a closer look. The second photo shows a part of bigger herd, there were maybe 20-30 animals in that herd, but they were scattered across the valley.
    The third and fourth pic, believe me or not was taken from the same spot and in the same time (only few seconds between them). Top of the valley, where we spotted these animals, in the so called Siroke sedlo (Wide saddle), on the left are High Tatras and on the right are the White Tatras.

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    1. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Wonderful pictures and story Martika!!! Sounds like you are having a great holiday!!!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Beautiful country Martika - thanks for the insight.
    3. martika martika, 4 years ago
      Thank you for a nice comments: Thomas, Olebodie, Judy, Karen. This is my favourite place on the Earth, but it starts to be developed too much, I just hope they never will turn it into some kind of holiday park.
      And thank you everybody for your love clicks xxx
    4. wickencrafts wickencrafts, 4 years ago
      pics make your vistas seem supreme
      I hope it stays wild for the grand kids to enjoy

      Thanks SO much for sharing critter pics and sundry
    5. martika martika, 4 years ago
      Thank you Wickencrafts!!! I hope for the same!!!
    6. wickencrafts wickencrafts, 4 years ago

      going going west on the rain
      see you in october?????

    7. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Wonderful mountains sight and chamois pics!
      What a nice trip you have, thanks for sharing these posts :-D
    8. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      Very interesting story Martika, and of course great pics!
    9. martika martika, 4 years ago
      Wicko : Have a very nice journey!!! According to the pics it will be amazing!!!
      Pascale and Rick : thank you both for your nice comments!!!
    10. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      A hike indeed! Great photos and info too. Good to hear they are back on the path. It's almost like you can see that one did not care for your looked right at you!
    11. martika martika, 4 years ago
      Thanks Shareurpassion! They are not very shy, but don't like curious people. In a reality sometimes they can be curious. Years ago couple of times happened I sat down on the rock, no other human were in the valley and noticed close eyes watching me. They weren't fearful, rather curious.
    12. fleafinder fleafinder, 4 years ago
      hi martika wonderful and interesting writeup and pictures of the mountain.hope you had a good break and holiday
    13. martika martika, 4 years ago
      Thank you Fleafinder!!! The good thing is I'm still on holiday, only in another place!!!

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