Sichuan takin

Latin Name
Budorcas taxicolor tibetana

Class
Mammals

Order
Artiodactyla

Description

A large goat antelope, the Sichuan takin can reach four feet in height and weighs in at an average of 600 pounds. Both males and females have thick, curled horns that extend back above the head. The species' thick blonde coat is thought to have inspired the legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece.


 

Range

The Sichuan takin is found in China and bordering mountainous regions.


Status

Sichuan takin are classified as vulnerable. Hunting and habitat loss are among the factors that impact the species. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Sichuan Takin Species Survival Plan®, a shared conservation effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Habitat

A strong climber, this herd species makes its home at elevations ranging from 4,000-14,000 feet. The terrain it inhabits can range from alpine forest to barren grasslands above the tree line.


Niche

An herbivorous mammal, Sichuan takin live in herds that can range from 200 to 300 individuals. The species migrates to higher elevations during summer and returns to lower elevations as winter descends. Their diet includes shrubs, grasses and herbs.


Life History

Sichuan takin mate during July and August, and females give birth after a gestation period of seven-eight months.


Special Adaptations

The Sichuan takin's tough, flexible hoofs provide a good grip when the oxen climbs in its mountainous home.



Bonus Content

Baby Takins at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo
There's a double dose of play in Lincoln Park Zoo's Antelope & Zebra Area, where the Sichuan takin herd has welcomed two babies!


Takin Treats for Two Birthdays Smashable signs and edible enrichment offered the perfect treats to celebrate the second birthdays of Sichuan takins Xing Fu and Mengyao.

Takin Treats for Two Birthdays
Smashable signs and edible enrichment offered the perfect treats to celebrate the second birthdays of Sichuan takins Xing Fu and Mengyao.

It's natural for Sichuan takins to live in herds...and it's also natural for young males to move on as they grow up.

How Are the Animals Paired Up?
Sichuan takins are social, Amur tigers enjoy the solitary life, but every pairing is carefully planned by experts.

Takin Pregnancy Test
Hormone analysis, research and scientific collaboration contributed to the successful births of two male takins.

Field Note: Sichuan Takin
We profile this unique goat-antelope species as the zoo’s own herd grows at the Antelope & Zebra Area.


Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit