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Himalayan tahr

The Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemalahicus) is a large ungulate native to the Himalayas. They spend the summers grazing in high pastures, then come down the mountains and form mixed-sex herds in the winter.

Males are larger and have different coloration and horn structure than the females. Himalayan tahrs range from 135 to 180 kg in weight, 120 to 170 cm in length, and 60-90 cm in height. They are herbivores, subsisting on grass, shrubs and trees. The gestation period is seven months and usually only one kid is born at a time. The young tahr nurses for about six months, and may follow its mother for up to two years. In the wild, tahrs can live up to 15 years, though ten years is more typical.


Himalayan Tahr

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Artiodactyla
  • Family: Bovidae
  • Genus: Hemitragus
  • Species: jemalahicus

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