Budorcas taxicolor tibetana

Range: Eastern Himalayas – Tibet (other sub-species in Bhutan, and N.Myanmar)

Habitat: High dense thickets and bamboo groves below the tree line elevations of 14,000 feet

Conservation status: vulnerable to endangered depending on the sub-species

Sichuan Takin

  • • A sure-footed, split hoofed herbivore native to Tibet; often referred to as a ’goat antelope’; Mitochondrial DNA shows they are related to sheep.
    • They stand 39-51 inches at the shoulder; weigh up to 770 pounds.
    • Covered in a thick golden wool which is darker on the under-belly.
    • Both sexes have small horns that turn up at the ends.
    • They live in family groups of up to 30 individuals. Older males (bulls) are solitary except during the rut. (Females are ‘ cows’ and babies, ‘calves’)
    • Their diet consists of alpine and deciduous plants, oak, willow, and bamboo.
    • Gestation lasts 6 to 7 months; 1 calf is usual
    • Well adapted to stay warm and dry: they have a thick secondary coat, large nose to warm air and have an oily waterproof skin. (Although they have no skin glands)
    • Life expectancy: 12-15 years in the wild; 19 years in captivity
    • They cough or bellow as a warning to others.
    • Share habitat with giant pandas.
    • Main threats are: habitat destruction due to hunting, farming, mining, and logging.

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