|Geographical Range||Western China|
|Habitat||Mountainous bamboo forests|
|Scientific Name||Budorcas taxicolor tibetana|
The takin (rhymes with rockin') is an antelope-like goat and a little known relative of the musk ox. The Sichuan takin browses in the dense bamboo forests of China, a habitat it shares with the giant panda. The takins live in herds and have few predators besides humans. Otherwise their habits are not well known, partly because they live in such remote areas.
Scientists do know, however, that the number of wild takins is declining due to hunting and habitat destruction. Fortunately, these animals are considered national treasures by the Chinese government and are fully protected by law.
Did You Know?
Massive takin bulls weigh over 800 pounds, while the smaller females weigh only about 500 pounds.