Powerful yet graceful, ibexes have an incredible ability to sure-footedly negotiate mountain terrain at speed. They are native to Tirol and can be found in particularly large numbers in the Pitztal Valley. The Alpine Ibex Centre in the village of St. Leonhard gives visitors a fascinating insight into the world of these amazing acrobats.
Ibexes have a long history in the Pitztal Valley – one full of ups and downs. The Alpine Ibex Centre in St. Leonhard invites guests to learn all about this characteristic alpine animal, which features on the local municipality's coat of arms. The exhibition is housed in the "Haus am Schrofen", an eye-catching building near the "Schrofenhof" – one of the oldest farmsteads in the valley. Using a mixture of photos and exhibits, it shows how ibexes were initially hunted to extinction before being successfully reintroduced more than 60 years ago. Visitors are then invited to step outside and admire the animals up close as they jump with ease from one rock to the next, leading their young up the mountain. There is also a family-friendly walking trail which begins at the municipal building ("Gemeindeamt") in St. Leonhard.