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Budorcas taxicolor

  Habitat: forests and marshy grassland in high and middle mountains.

  Feeding habits: nibble at tree leaves and grass with its mouth.

  Food:  all kinds of tree leaves and grass.

  Size: with a body length and height of 1.2-1.3 m; weight: female takin, 200 kg; male, 300-330 kg. 

  Habits:  act in groups. They appear to be clumsy, but as a matter of fact, they are good at climbing on steep slopes and cliffs. They usually act one after another in queue. On the way they usually take, a clear path will be formed. Male takins often act alone and they have the habit to suck salt and other mineral substances. Their pregnant period is 6-8 months and will produce their baby in the next February and March. They become sexually matured at three years old. They have 4 sub-species. The specie lives in Qinling area of Shanxi is yellow or golden. While the specie lives in Southeast of Tibet and West Yunnan is deep brown.

  Category: mammalia, artiodactyla, ox.

  Distribution:  West Yunnan. Hengduan Mountain in Southwest and Qinling Mountain in Northwest of China.

  Level of protection:  Class I key state protection animal of China.




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