Sichuan takin in exhibit

Sichuan Takin

Scientific Name

Budorcas taxicolor tibetana

Class

Mammalia

Order

Artiodactyla

Range

Sichuan region of China

Habitat

Forest mountains

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Sichuan takin in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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Physical Description

Sichuan takins are large goat-antelopes that can reach up to four feet in height and weigh an average of 600 pounds. Both males and females have thick, curled horns that extend back over their head. These herbivorous mammals graze on shrubs, grasses, and herbs in herds that range from 200–300 individuals. They migrate to higher elevations during summer and return to lower elevations in winter.

Interesting Fact 1

Although sichuan takins have few predators in the wild, humans have negatively impacted their population through hunting and habitat destruction.

Interesting Fact 2

Their tough, flexible hooves provide a good grip while traversing steep hills and mountains.

Interesting Fact 3

They are strong climbers that live up to 14,000 feet above sea level.

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