Mishmi Takin

Mishmi Takin


Takin is native to the eastern Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. It lives in rocky areas of the mountains – up to 5000 m above sea level, scantily overgrown with clumps of grassand shrubs and high forests.


Active in the early morning and late afternoon, and all day on cloudy and foggy days. He lives in small groups led by the strongest male. In winter, it descends to the lower areas, densely overgrown with rhododendrons and bamboos.


Grasses, plant sprouts, leaves of trees and shrubs.


Gestation lasts 9 months. The female gives birth to 1 cub every 2 years. Lifespan: up to 25 years.


Takin secretes an oily substance with a strong odor all over the body, which covers the fur as a protective coat on foggy and rainy days. Its closest relative is the muskox.

  • Latin name: Bubalus taxicolor taxicolor
  • IUCN –Red List – VU – vulnerable
  • CITES – Appendix II
  • EEP – European Endangered Species Programme

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