Golden takin

Budorcas taxicolor bedfordi

Always on the move

Golden takins live further north than any other takin species. They move home four times a year. In spring and autumn, takin herds are found lower down the mountains than in summer and winter. Their migrations are determined by availability of food plants and amount of sunlight.


  • Origin

    Central China (Shaanxi Province)

  • Habitat

    mixed woodland and subalpine meadows in mountain ranges with elevations up to 2,800 metres

  • Diet

    Grasses, herbaceous plants, leaves

  • Status


  • Size

    Head-torso length from 1.70 to 2.20 m

  • Weight

    150–350 kg

  • Gestation period

    220 days

  • Achievable age

    up to 20 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Brawn and brains

Golden takins have some clever ways of finding food. They stand on their hind legs to reach high-up leaves, use their strong bodies to bend young trees, and snap branches with their horns.

Did you know?

In the wild, golden takins lick at snow to get the moisture they need.
Newborn takins weigh 5 to 7 kilos at birth.

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