The Kri-Kri goat is a relatively rare and endangered species of goat native to the Greek island of Crete. It is also known by the names Cretan goat, Cretan ibex, and agrimi. It is known for its thick coat, rugged horns, and color variations.
The Kri-Kri goat is a medium-sized goat, ranging between 75-125 cm in height, measuring from the withers to the ground. They have large, curved horns which can reach up to 60 cm in length. Their coats are thick and shaggy, consisting of several different shades of brown, grey, and white.
The Kri-Kri goats have a unique diet, consisting of leaves, herbs, and shrubs from the mountainous areas of Crete. They are also very hardy and can survive on marginal, mountainous terrain with steep slopes.
Kri-Kri goats are naturally shy and tend to live in small family groups. During the rutting season, the males will compete for females using their horns in a ritualized combat known as ‘butting’. Males will also use their horns to fight off predators, such as wolves and wild boars.
Kri-Kri goats have adapted to a lifestyle that allows them to live in the most extreme conditions. They are able to survive in the cold mountain climate of Crete and can easily adjust to the harsh, rugged terrain.
The Kri-Kri goat is an important part of the culture and folklore on the island of Crete. It is believed that the brave and noble Kri-Kri goat was a sacred animal to the ancient Minoan people.
The Kri-Kri goat is also an important source of income to the people of Crete. Their fur is used to make rugs, and their milk is turned into cheese and other dairy products.
Today, the Kri-Kri goat is still a very rare and endangered species. The population is estimated to be around 10,000, and their numbers are continuing to decline. The Greek government has put measures into place in an attempt to conserve this species and help secure its future.