Budorcas taxicolor taxicolor
- FamilyBovids (Bovidae)
- Weight♀ up to 280 kg, ♂ up to 350 kg
- HabitatAlpine forests and grasslands
The population of Mishmi takin in the wild is currently under threat due to habitat destruction caused by ever increasing deforestation to make way for livestock farming. However those in national parks live in a more protected environment. Today the takin no longer needs to fear its natural predators. The chances of encountering a snow leopard or dhole (red dog) are rare as they too are endangered.
With its long shaggy coat, the Mishmi takin is well adapted to the rough conditions of its cold mountain habitat. The annual average temperature in southeast Tibet is a crisp 8 °C. Its feet also feature a very practical adaptation: split hooves provide a safe footing on dangerous rocky terrain and ensure that the goat-antelope does not sink too deep in the snow.
When takins sense danger they form a defensive ring with their young in the middle.
Hellabrunn Zoo participates in the European Endangered Species Programmes