Scientific Name: budorcas taxicolor
Habitat: rugged mountain terrain of Tibet, Myanmar, central China
Diet: deciduous leaves, grasses, evergreen needles
Life Span: 12 – 15 years
Young: 1 kid each breeding season
Size: males up to 400 kg; females up to 250 kg

Like the Giant Panda, the Sichuan Takin inhabits the steep, rocky mountain forests of Tibet, northern Myanmar, and central China. Sichuan Takins are considered a national treasure in China, where they have the highest legal protection status.

The Sichuan Takin is a stocky, large-bodied, cow-like ungulate with a long, shaggy straw-colored coat.
Despite it’s large size and the fact that it is quite slow moving, this animal is agile in maneuvering through its rocky habitat. Takins also have the unique ability to stand erect on their hind legs, which aids them in reaching the leaves of tall trees. Takins have many adaptations, such as large snouts, thick secondary coats, and oily skin, to help them survive cold, harsh winters.

Though Takin herds can number in the hundreds during the spring and summer, during the cooler months when food is less plentiful, Takins will live in groups of 15 – 30 individuals.

To learn more about the Sichuan Takin, visit Wikipedia or head on over to the Edmonton Valley Zoo!