TAXONOMY

Budorcas taxicolor Hodgson, 1850, Mishmi Hills, Assam, India.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Takin; German: Rindergemse, gnuziege; Spanish: Takin.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Heavy, stable construct with stout limbs. Head and physique size is 39–92 in (100–235 cm), peak at shoulder 27–55 in (68–140 cm), and weight 330–880 lb (150–400 kg). Color ranges from yellowish white via to darkish brown. Horns are thick and large in each ####es.

DISTRIBUTION

Occurs within the japanese Himalaya (India, Bhutan, northern Myanmar) north via western China (japanese Tibet, Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu).

HABITAT

Lives in rugged, rocky mountains coated in scrub, bamboo thickets, and forest at altitudes of three,280–13,940 ft (1,000–4,250m).

BEHAVIOR

Occurs in teams of 10–35 animals, with massive teams reported in summer time. The ####es happen collectively in August–September.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Mainly browses, feeding on forbs and leaves in summer time and twigs and evergreen shoots in winter. May journey lengthy distances to saltlicks.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Polygamous. Mating takes place in July–August in Sichuan. Gestation in captivity lasts 200–220 days.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Regarded as Vulnerable. Two subspecies, golden takin ( B. t. bedfordi) in Shaanxi, China, and Mishmi takin ( B. t. taxicolor), are Endangered.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Hunted for its meat by indigenous peoples utilizing snares, deadfalls, and spear traps.

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