Takin /Budorcas taxicolor taxicolor/


Takins subspecies mishmi in the wild live in the eastern parts of Himalayas, north-eastern India and north of Burma. In the summer time takins create huge herds and climb above forest on the high mountain meadows above 3,000 to feed on herbs and grass. During the cold, winter months, the herd breaks up into smaller groups numbering a dozen or so individuals that descend down the wooded valley. These animals have a special adaptation to help them survive in cold, mountainous climate. The thick fur that protects from frost and large nasal chambers, which warm the air before it reaches the lungs. In addition, Takin skin produces a fatty substance that covering is a kind of waterproof fur coat. Takins are threatened with extinction due to destruction of their habitat and killing for meat.