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Sichuan Takin Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Budorcas taxicolor tibetana
  • Class

  • Order

  • 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.

Science Spotlight: Rachel Santymire, Ph.D.

Science Spotlight: Rachel Santymire, Ph.D.

Science Spotlight: Rachel Santymire, Ph.D.

From Sichuan takin pregnancies to black-footed ferret semen cryopreservation, western lowland gorilla stress hormones to pygmy hippo skin swabs, there’s no such thing as a typical day at the office for Rachel Santymire, Ph.D., director of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Davee Center for Endocrinology and Epidemiology.

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