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 Sichuan takin

Scientific name: Budorcas taxicolor

Habitat: rugged mountain terrain (1000-4000 m) in northern Burma, Tibet and central China

Diet: deciduous leaves, grasses, evergreen needles

Life span: 12 to 15 years

Young: 1 offspring each breeding season, called a kid

Size: males up to 400 kg (880 lbs); females up to 250 kg (550 lbs)

Considered a national treasure in China, takins share the same steep mountain forests as the giant panda.

Takins have the unique ability to stand erect on their hind legs, so they can easily reach the leaves of taller trees. Watch for the takin standing straight up to reach food or to see more of its surroundings.

Stand quietly and listen for its cough-like sounds.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Sichuan takin on Wikipedia

Sichuan takin photo gallery


Range: central Asia

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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