Sichuan takin in exhibit

Sichuan Takin

Scientific Name

Budorcas taxicolor tibetana






Sichuan region of China


Forest mountains

Estimated Wild Population

Sichuan takin in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

More Information

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.

Species Survival Plan logo

Species Survival Plan®

We cooperate with other members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to manage the zoo population of this species through a Species Survival Plan®.

Learn More

Animal Care staff working with seal

Commitment to Care

Lincoln Park Zoo prioritizes individual well-being over everything else. Guided by scientific research, staff and volunteers work to provide the best welfare outcomes for each individual in the zoo’s care.

Learn More

Support Your Zoo

Two Chilean flamingos in exhibit

Animals Depend On People Too

When you ADOPT an animal, you support world-class animal care by helping to provide specially formulated diets, new habitat elements, and regular veterinary checkups.

ADOPT an Animal

Asian small-clawed otter in exhibit

Wish List

The Wish List is full of one-of-a-kind items for the zoo’s animals, including nutritious snacks and enrichment items to keep them active and healthy. 

Browse the Wish List

Take Action With Us

Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.

Learn More