Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World

Irreplaceable Wildlife in A Warming World
Graphic of irreplacable species, emperor penguin.
We are connected to each other, to our environment. From faraway places to our own backyard. But climate change is now changing the Earth as we know it, and animals and plants from the Arctic to the Everglades are feeling the consequences.
Key Resources:

Mountain Goat

One must ascend great heights to find mountain goats in their subalpine meadow habitat. More properly known as goat-antelopes, the mountain goat nimbly scales heights impossible for most people and other animals, aided by its ability to jump up to 12 feet and by special gripping hooves.
Photo Credit:
Wendy Shattil / Rob Rozinski / ILCP (Part of Irreplaceable Wildlife Photo Exhibit)
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Mountain Goat

Scientific Name: 
Oreamnos americanus
IUCN Red List: 
No data
Endangered Species Act List: 
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The largest mammals to roam the alpine mountains of North America, mountain goats are natural born climbers. With specialized hooves that provide excellent traction, mountain goats can scale even the most precarious slopes—a feat that enables them to evade most predators. Mother goats or “nannies” are extremely protective of their young and can travel in herds, sometimes fighting off rival herds of nannies for food and space if resources become scarce.

Climate Change Impacts

Mountain goats prefer to live in alpine meadows and rocky slopes above the tree line. But as temperatures rise, earlier snowmelts will enable trees to colonize the meadows the goats depend on. As their alpine habitat shrinks, mountain goats will be crowded into even smaller areas where they will have to compete with each other for increasingly limited resources.

Irreplaceable in Your Neighborhood

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