Himalayan goral

Scientific name : Naemorhedus griseus

Where do they live?

The Himalayan goral lives in the mountain forests of the Himalayas or the Hindu Kush, usually at an elevation between 1000 and 4000 m.

Did you know?

Gorals strike the ground with their hooves in the face of predators. This is both to threaten the predator and warn other gorals in the area.

The Himalayan goral is a mammal of the Bovidae family. They live in Asia, in the mountains of the Himalayas, at an elevation between 1000 and 4000 m.
They are herbivores and feed mainly on grass, leaves, roots and mushrooms. The goral is a social and gregarious animal: they live in herds of several individuals with a dominant male.
Himalayan gorals are diurnal. That is to say that they are active in the early morning and late afternoon. The rest of the time is spent resting and ruminating.


80 cm at the withers.

Length of the tail

15 to 20 cm.


40 kg.


10 to 15 cm, horns curved toward the rear.

Gestation period

5 to 7 months.

Life expectancy

Around 15 years.

Keep up hope

The expansion of human populations has led to a loss of habitat for the gorals, and they are also hunted. Gorals are classified as protected animals in all of their range countries, but few people are aware of the regulations. Conservation actions must concentrate on awareness and education among local populations.