The Sichuan Takin (Budorcas taxicolor tibetana) is a large goat-antelope ungulate bovine mammal. It is also known as the Tibetan Takin. It is related to goats and sheep.
The Sichuan Takin has thick, light blond to dark-brown hair and a moose-like, rounded nose. It has thick, curved horns and small rounded ears. It has split hooves.
It grows to 140 centimetres (55 inches) at shoulder height. Its length is 150-220 centimetres (59-87 inches). Its horns grow to 60 centimetres (35 inches) long.
The Sichuan Takin is native to the provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Xinjiang in China. It is also found in Tibet and the Himalayan Mountains. It prefers dense bamboo forests. It is slow-moving, and can climb steep, mountainous, rocky areas.
It is mainly crepuscular, active at dawn and dusk. It is a browser, feeding on vegetation, such as leaves, bark, and herbs. It can stand on its hind (back) legs to reach leaves on higher parts of trees.
Its predators include bears and wolves.
It lives in herds of up to 30 individuals. In winter, it migrates down the mountain to warmer areas, always using the same route. It migrates in herds of up to 300 individuals.
The male is called a bull and the female is called a cow. The female is pregnant for 180-210 days, before giving birth to one live young, called a kid. The kid can walk next to its mother three days after birth.
[Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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