Scientific name: Budorcas taxicolor

The takin is mainly seen as an ancient animal, a survivor of some long extinct species. Takins were driven into isolated areas and have survived up to now, but little is known about them. They live in small herds between 6500 feet (2000 m) and 15000 feet (4500 m). When winter comes, they go down in the valley to avoid snowstorms. During summer they migrate back up.

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Into hiding at the littlest sound

When danger comes, one takin alerts the herd with a rough cough, and the others disperse and hide, taking refuge into the bushes where they all lay down stretching their head out in front of them, flat on the ground.

Key figures

  • Length: 5.6 feet (170 cm) to 6.6 feet (200 cm)
  • Height: 3.3 feet (100 cm) to 4.3 feet (130 cm)
  • Weight: up to 770 pounds (350 kg)
  • Male horns are between 10 in (25 cm) and 12 in (30 cm) long
  • Gestation period: between 200 and 220 days
  • The new-born weighs between 11 pounds (5 kg) and 15 pounds (7 kg)
  • Life expectancy: 15 years

Keep up hope

Worth taking an interest in

Takins are present in only a few zoos in France. Its low numbers makes it difficult to develop a European Endangered species Program (EEP). Let's hope it will be different soon.