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Takin

Takin

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DOUG ALLAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DOUG ALLAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Takin. Belonging to the bovidae family, which includes antelope and goats, the takin (Budorcas taxicolor) is also known as the gnu goat or the cattle chamois. Takin inhabit the Himalayan region, from rocky alpine zones to forested valleys. During the summer they live in herds of up to 300 individuals, but in the winter these decrease to bands of 20. Takin are herbivores, feeding on the leaves from trees and shrubs. They can grow up to 400 kilograms in weight and 1.2 metres in height. The takin are classed as an endangered species due to overhunting and the destruction of their habitat. Photographed in Bhutan.

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