Takin

Takin is an endangered species of goat antelope found in Eastern Himalayas. Information and facts provided by wildlife conservation shows its population size has declined to 150 or lesser in the world.

Scientific Name of Takin


Budorcas taxicolor

Features and Facts Takin



  • Takins are 100-130 centimeters at shoulder height

  • Have horns about 30 centimeters in length

  • Weighs up to 350 kilos

  • Body covered with thick golden wool that turns black on the under-belly

  • Life span of 12-15 years

  • Feed on grasses, leaves, shoots, and buds

  • Tail length 15-20 centimeters

  • National animal of Bhutan


Takin conservation


Human interference is constantly destroying the natural habitat of Takins. In 1996, IUCN listed Takins as vulnerable species. Efforts are on by the various wildlife conservation agencies to save Takins from extinction. Takins are also listed as endangered species under Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act since 1972 and extensive surveys are on to assess their population and distribution.

 
Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag