Takin

Vulnerable

The females Larissa, Marissa, and Kitara share Bao the male. The takins live together with the markhors.


Scientific name : Budorcas taxicolor

Where do they live?

In the mountains of western China or in the Himalayas.

Did you know?

They hide at the slightest noise
When danger occurs, an individual will alert the other members of the herd by a hoarse cough, and the takins disperse and hide. They take refuge in the shrubs where they lie motionless flat on the ground with their head stretched out.

The takin is considered an ancient animal, a survivor of extinct species that once roamed the Earth. Takins were driven to isolated regions where they have survived until today, but they are still rather unknown. They live in small herds between an elevation of 2000 m and 4500 m. They go down to the valleys in the winter to avoid snowstorms but migrate back up in the summer.

Length

170 to 200 cm.

Height

100 to 130 cm at the withers.

Weight

350 kg.

Horns

25 to 30 cm in males.

Gestation period

200 to 220 days.

Life expectancy

15 years.

A species that deserves more interest

Only a few rare zoos in France welcome this animal. There are so few takins that they cannot yet be a part of a European breeding programme (EEP). We hope that one day this will change. Maybe we’ll have some baby takins someday soon?