I have seen an Isard at a distance but never close up because they don't like people and I didn't want to scare them or intrude. They blend in so well to their environment that at times you can't see them for their camouflage, especially against rocks in the winter and earth in the summer. Their coats change with the seasons and they are very small, about 2.5 feet at the shoulders, tiny really, almost fairy creatures. They are members of the antelope family and to watch them climb rocks is truly amazing. I couldn't believe they wouldn't fall, but they aren't "mountain goats" for nothing! My husband climbed for nine years in the Pyrenees and saw many Isard. He respects them deeply as do most Pyrenees people. I didn't take any of the photos here, since the closest I've ever come to one was too far away, but I think you'll enjoy these photos from those who got closer to them than I ever have.
|In a Brèche, a break in the rock.
|Their coats are beautiful up close
|A fawn, very young.
|This shows their camouflage ability.
|This shows how close together their horns are.
|The children's book cover
|Their winter markings with a thicker coat
|Their summer markings, quite a change they go through there.
|The history of their lives and hunting
|The markings on their small faces are beautiful and distinctive, as are those horns.