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The ibex is a kind of wild goat whose biblical Hebrew name is the ya'el. They are common around springs in the deserts and are nimble climbers. A few decades ago ibex were on the decline but thanks in part to the work of the Israeli nature reserves and parks authority they had been making a good recovery. Israel is home to the largest ibex herds in the world, making it probably the easiest place to see these creatures in the wild.