The rocky mountain goat is an ungulate artiodactyl mammal of the bovidae family, but it is not in fact a real goat. It comes from a line of ancestors of sheep and goats approaching another singular species: the musk ox. Of the members of this group, it is the species which is the most resistant to the cold.

Range: mountains of Western Canada south of the Arctic Circle.

Weight: between 100 and 125 kg

Adapted to life on steep cliffs, it is a slow and methodical climber. Males and females have short, curved, dagger-shaped horns that can inflict serious injury during rare but violent fights.