Budorcas taxicolor

The takin belongs to a group of large, hoofed mammals called the goat antelopes, which share characteristics with both goats and antelopes. Living high up in the mountains, the takin wears a thick coat of dark, shaggy fur to keep warm in winter, similar to its more well-known relative, the musk ox.

More info

  • The takin eats just about anything green and is most active in the early morning and late afternoon. In between meals, the takin rests.
  • An oily substance secreted from the takin’s skin forms a waterproof layer of protection.
  • To reach higher leaves, a takin might stand on its hind legs while resting its front legs on the tree’s trunk.
  • The takin alerts other members of its herd to an approaching bear or wolf with a coughing sound.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
Species Survival Plan Image
pronunciationPronunciation: TOCK-in
where to see themWhere to see them: Wildlife Canyon
heightHeight: 3.3 to 4.3 ft
weightWeight: 550 to 770 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 12 to 15 yrs
habitatHabitat: Mountain forest
dietDiet: Grasses, leaves, buds, and shoots
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN-Vulnerable)