Our next animal is a chamois! No, don’t get confused—it’s not a cloth that you use to clean cars or windows, though it is spelled the same and said the same! Come on with me and I’ll show you the kind of chamois I’m talking about!
Look, there, high up on those rocks. Do you see that brown animal that looks something like a mountain goat? It has a white face with black under its eyes. That’s a chamois. It looks like a mother with her little one. Those little calves are born almost knowing how to climb and keep up with their mothers! God knew they’d need to climb well in order to stay away from their main predators—especially wildcats and foxes. He even gave them special pads on their feet that help them climb where few other animals can.
There should be some other chamois close by. The females like to travel in herds to help keep their young safe. Here comes another mother chamois now. She looks nervous, like she senses something is wrong. Maybe we should leave before we find out what it is! The chamois only eat plants, but something tells me that whatever is scaring the mother chamois just might like some meat!
To see a picture of a chamois, click here.
Using the information on this page, answer the following questions:
True or False:
1. The chamois is an endangered animal.
2. The male chamois has horns; the female chamois does not.
3. The chamois is a herbivore.
*Note to parents: you may also find some fun and helpful information on the chamois here (some information may note be suitable for all ages).
Research challenge: How do the underfur and guard hairs of the chamois work to keep it warm in frigid weather?
Here is a printable notebooking page to enjoy!