Sichuan Takin – a lot of bovine manure

The Sichuan Takin (Budorcas taxicolor tibetana) is an ungulate bovine mammal native to Sichuan, Gansu and Xinjiang in China and the Himalaya Mountains. It is a goat-antelope related to goats and sheep. 

The Sichuan Takin is known to produce a lot of manure. Most bovines (cattle – such as cows and bulls) produce a lot of manure.

How much manure does the Sichuan Takin produce?

Sichuan Takin manure

The Sichuan Takin is a large animal, growing up to 140 centimetres (55 inches) at shoulder height. Its length is 150-220 centimetres (59-87 inches). 

It is a browser, feeding on vegetation, such as leaves, bark, and herbs. 

Zoologists estimate that the Sichuan Takin poops 10-15 times a day with solid pellet-shaped manure. The manure weighs about 45 kilograms (100 pounds) per day, which is 16,425 kilograms (16 metric tons) per year.

Sichuan Takin
Sichuan Takin
Sichuan Takin

Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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