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See the elephant twins daily from 11-11:30 a.m. and 2–2:30 p.m. at the Pachyderm Pavilion viewing windows.

Sichuan Takin

Budorca taxicolor

The Sichuan takin is a stocky, large-bodied, cow-like animal with eyes high on its large head under crescent-shaped horns. They inhabit the Eastern Himalayas in dense thickets and bamboo groves, in family groups of up to 30 individuals.

Range & Habitat

In the Wild: Rugged and remote mountainous terrain in Eastern Himalayas. Takin inhabit the same dense bamboo forests as the better-known giant panda. 

At the Zoo: Wildlife Trail

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Hunting and habitat loss are among the factors that impact Takin.

Diet

In the Wild: variety of grasses, herbs, bamboo shoots, leaves of shrubs and trees and many kinds of alpine and deciduous plants and evergreens.

At the Zoo: Specialized grain, hay, browse as well as some fruits and vegetables for training and enrichment.

Life Span

In the Wild: 16-18 years. In Human Care – More than 20 years.

Fun Facts about the Sichuan Takin

  • The inaccessibility of the takin’s mountainous habitat by humans means that there is little information on this species’ behavior and ecology.
  • Takin sleep with their front legs outstretched and their heads down—like dogs!

Sources

Tibet Nature Environmental Conservation Network, Takin. Referenced June 2017. http://www.tibetnature.net/en/takin/

The Animal Facts, Sichuan Takin. Referenced June 2017. http://theanimalfacts.com/mammals/sichuan-takin/

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Sichuan Takin. Referenced June 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan_takin

San Diego Zoo, fact sheets. Sichuan Takin. Referenced June 2017. http://library.sandiegozoo.org/factsheets/takin/takin.html

Updated December 21, 2020
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