Budorcas taxicolor tibetana
Animal Class: Mammals
Height: 3 1/3 – 4 1/3 ft.
Length: Head-tail male 5 1/2 – 7 1/3 ft.
Weight: Male up to 880lb; Female to 550lbs.
Life Span: 16 years in captivity
Diet: Wild: grasses, herbs, leaves, shoots, fungi, sedges, lichen Zoo: Grains, apples, carrots, hay
Habitat: Takins are found in Western China, Butan, and Burma, living in high alpine and subalpine bamboo forests on steep, rugged, and mountainous terrain.
Takins have a coat that is normally light, long, shaggy, and golden in one race. The face is dark in bulls, but only the nose is dark in cows and calves. They are bullheaded with short, thick horns sloping upward and backward. They have no localized skin glands, but an oily, strong-smelling substance is secreted over the whole body. The Takin is a type of goat-antelope that is related to the musk ox, the giant rams, and the long-horned ibex. All are social animals and roam widely. Potawatomi Zoo is one of only 11 zoos in the US to display this species.
Our Takins: Krunk (male), Mulan (female) and Yi-Liu (female)