Forested valleys to rocky, grass covered alpine zones, at altitudes of between 1,000 and 4,500 metres in the Himalayan mountains.
Our takin, Arnold and Adrian, can be found in the old quarry area towards the far end of the zoo, behind the Giraffe House.
Variety of leaves and grasses. Salt is also an important part of their diet and groups may stay at a mineral deposit for several days.
Takin are found in small family groups of around 20 individuals, although older males are more solitary. In the summer months, herds of up to 300 individuals gather high up on the mountain slopes. Takin migrate from the upper pasture to lower, more forested areas in winter.
Mating takes place between July and August and a single calf is born after a gestation period of around eight months.
Habitat loss, competition with other species and disease.
The takin is listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and an export permit is thus required for international trade. A captive population exists and is managed by the studbook held at Minnesota Zoo in the United States.
- Latin Name: Budorcas taxicolor taxicolor
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Artiodactyla
- Family: Bovidae
- Conservation status: Vulnerable
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