Sichuan takin

Budorcas taxicolor tibetana

Gendered colours

Male Sichuan takins are bigger and heavier than the females. They are also a di! erent colour: the males are golden in front but greyish at the rear, while females are beige or reddish brown all over. Both sexes have black snouts.


  • Origin

    central China (provinces of Sichuan and Gansu)

  • Habitat

    mixed forest and subalpine meadows in mountain ranges with elevations up to 3,000 metres

  • Diet

    Leaves, herbaceous plants, grasses

  • Status


  • Size

    70 to 140 cm shoulder height

  • Weight

    150–350 kg

  • Gestation period

    seven to eight months

  • Achievable age

    up to 20 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

The perfect outdoor gear

Takins’ sturdy legs and broad hooves give them sure footing on rocky terrain. The animals are also well equipped for dealing with the damp climate of their natural habitat: glands in their skin coat their fur in a water-repellent oil.

Did you know?

Sichuan takins sometimes live in bamboo forests alongside giant pandas.
The young of several mothers live together in a “nursery”, watched over by one female.

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