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Scientific Name: 
Hemitragus jemlahicus
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Cetartiodactyla
Family: 
Bovidae
Genus: 
Hemitragus
Species: 
jemlahicus
Status: 
Near Threatened
Population Trend: 
Decreasing
Quick Facts

Life Span: 10-15 years in the wild. Up to 20 years in captivity.

Size: 0.9m-1.2m in length; up to 1, at shoulder height.

Weight: 36-100kgs (males heavier)

Collective noun: Herd

Fun Facts

Hooves: Their hooves are well-adapted for their mountain habitat, with a hard rim of keratin surrounding a soft spongy convex pad. These allow them to grip onto the mountain and make them expert climbers.

Mane: Males have a thick mane around their neck and shoulders, increasing their appearance of size, attracting females and protecting them from any injury whilst fighting.

Horns: Both sexes have horns which curve up, back and then in.

Scent Marking: Males will urinateagainst rocks and then rub their coat in it. The smell this produces attracts females and lets them know he is ready to breed.

Himalayan Tahrs are large ungulates native to the Himalayas. They are related to the wild goat. They are recognised for their expertise in climbing in the rugged mountatin slopes that make up their habitat.

At Taronga:

At Taronga Zoo we have 29 Tahrs, 13 male and 16 females. 

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Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
2012