On the trail of the ibex

Wergenstein - Schamserberg

Tenna Skilift

Tenna Skilift

Berggasthaus Beverin

Berggasthaus Beverin

Mathon, Restaurant muntsulej

Mathon, Restaurant muntsulej

Gasthaus Ustreia Orta 7433 Lohn GR

Gasthaus Ustreia Orta 7433 Lohn GR

Under the name of the "Capricorn Centre", an innovation and innovation centre for nature and culture, language, research, hunting and regional development is being set up on the Schamserberg. The ibex (sign of Capricorn) is the symbolic focus.

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A small permanent exhibition about the ibex, going on hunting trips and enjoying the culinary specialities of the region are all part of the experience on the Schamserberg.

There were ibex living in what is now Switzerland as much as 18,000 years ago. Following the introduction of hunting with firearms, the proud beast was more and more persecuted and 200 years ago there were no ibex left in the Swiss Alps.

100 years later, the ibex began to return to Switzerland – young animals were smuggled to Switzerland from the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy. At first they only lived in zoos, but today there are 15,000 animals living in the wild in Switzerland. Since 1977 controlled hunting of the species has been allowed again.

The reintroduction of the ibex was Switzerland's first animal conservation project.

The Center da Capricorns is also a research centre. The IUNR (Institute of Natural Resource Sciences) at the ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) has set up a branch office at the Center da Capricorns in the form of its unit for Tourism and Sustainable Development. The unit deals with tourism issues and in general with sustainable development in rural areas. It was also the initiator and developer of the Beverin Nature Park.

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Free admission to the permanent exhibition. Guided walks to the ibex colony in Safien-Rheinwald (Schams).



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