There are 1096 chamois, a type of mountain goat, roaming freely in the High Tatras on the Polish-Slovak border, according to the latest ‘census’.
According to the latest count, this is an all-time record, the previous one - 1075 - having been registered in 1964.
The Slovak part of the Tatras is by far bigger than the Polish one and small wonder that the number of chamois in Slovakia is almost four times higher than in Poland.
The chamois - the symbol of both the Polish and Slovak Tatra National Park – is under strict protection. A tangible fluctuation in the number of these animals is attributed to avalanches, predation, poaching and an uncontrolled influx of tourists.
The twice-yearly counts of the chamois have started in 1954 by the Tatra National Park in Poland.
Three years later Slovakia joined the project. Female chamois and their young live in herds of up to 100 individuals whereas adult males tends to live solitarily for most of the year.