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Takin

The Takin (Budorcas taxicolor), is a goat-antelope found in heavily forested areas of the Eastern Himalayas. Takin are found in bamboo forests at altitudes of 2,000 to 4,500 meters (6500 – 14500 feet). There are 4 subspecies that are recognized. They are the Mishmi Takin, Golden Takin, Sichuan Takin, and Bhutan Takin. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan.

Takin stand 3 to 4 feet at the shoulder and weigh up to 770 pounds. Takin have large muzzles and eyes with noticeably small ears. They are covered in thick, golden wool which turns black on the under-belly. Both sexes have small horns which run parallel to the skull and then turn upwards in a short point, these are around 12 inches long.

The diet of the Takin is mainly grass, buds and leaves. They are diurnal, active in the day, resting in the heat on particularly sunny days. Takin gather in small herds in winter and herds of up to a hundred individuals in the summer, old males are solitary.

Takin
Topics: Takin, Caprids, Bhutan


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