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!


A year later, Sichuan takin boys Mengyao and Xing Fu are now roughly their adult size. Photo courtesy of Zoological Manager Laszlo Szilagyi.

Post from the President--Birthday Boys
President and CEO Kevin Bell offers birthday updates for Sichuan takin calves Xing Fu and Mengyao and male lion Sahar.

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.

A Sichuan takin nuzzles a tiger in this enrichment photo taken by Keeper Jason Martin.

"Predator" Meets Prey
A Sichuan takin turns the predator-prey relationship around with some fun winter enrichment photos. 

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

The two baby takins explored their exhibit at Antelope & Zebra Area this morning.

Announcing the Names
Thanks to all the fans who voted for names for our two tiny takins! Xing Fu and Mengyao are the winners—learn what they mean at the link.

Two tiny takin babies—both boys—are now exploring their exhibit at Antelope & Zebra Area. But we need your help naming the new arrivals!

Two Baby Takins, Looking for Names
We need your help naming the new arrivals! Follow the link to vote for your favorite name for the baby takins.

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

Sichuan takin poke around a fallen Water Tower. (Photo by Susan Andrews)

Animals Eat the Skyline at Chi-Cow-Go
The zoo celebrated Chicago’s 175th birthday with a bovine bash. The fun kicked off with the unveiling of a redesigned "Cows on Parade" statue before moving to the rest of the zoo with Chicago-themed animal enrichment.

A male Sichuan takin at the Antelope & Zebra Area

Growing the Herd
A new Sichuan takin pair is getting to know one another at the Antelope & Zebra Area. Animal care staff hope the familiarity pays off during summer breeding season.

 

 


Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit