Saturday, May 7, 2011


Chiru , most commonly known as Tibetan Antelope, is found mostly in the Tibetan plateau as the name suggests.

Chiru Scientific Name

Pantholops hodgsonii

Chiru Features and Facts

-Average male Chiru grows to about 4 feet, weighing around 35-40 kilos
-Males have tapering and sharp horns that can grow to around 2 feet
-Can survive temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit
-Yellowish brownish stripes all over body
-Life span of up to 8 years
-Body color ranges from beige, grayish to whitish
-High mortality rate of young Chirus

Chiru Conservation

This endangered species of India has been constantly poached for centuries because of exceptionally high demand of its wool called shahtoosh, considered to make the scarves and shawls of the finest quality. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has banned shahtoosh products. George Schaller a widely known wildlife biologist and the director for science of the Wildlife Conservation Society has conducted extensive researches on Chirus and their conservation.

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

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