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Alpine Ibex, Capra ibex, AUSTRIA/HOHE TAUERN NATIONAL PARK, TYROL/KÄRNTEN/SALZBURG, Ibex are easily seen by visitors here. Research shows that tourism income and jobs in areas that have national parks often is more than twice the average. Suddenly, through nature tourism, wilderness areas previously considered  ’useless’ are becoming economically valuable. In the mid-1800s there were only 60 Alpine ibex left in the whole world. Today the alpine ibex population is estimated at more than 40,000 and still growing. Yes, nature conservation works!