Himalayan tahr Facts

Himalayan tahr Facts
Himalayan tahr is a type of wild goat that belongs to the bovid family. It inhabits mountain slopes, mountain forests and alpine pastures on the Himalayas in Tibet, India and Nepal. Himalayan tahr has been introduced to New Zealand, North America and South Africa mainly for the purpose of hunting. Number of Himalayan tahrs in the wild is decreasing due habitat loss, competition for food with domestic animals and uncontrolled hunting. Himalayan tahr is classified as near threatened, which means that it can become endangered in the near future.
Interesting Himalayan tahr Facts:
Himalayan tahr can reach 3 to 4.7 feet in length, 2.1 to 3.3 feet in height (at the shoulder) and 79 to 189 pounds of weight. Males are larger than females.
Himalayan tahr has dense, reddish-brown woolly coat with thick undercoat, which keeps the body warm during the cold winters. Coat becomes lighter in color and less dense during the spring. Males have prominent mane around the neck.
Himalayan tahr has small head with large eyes and small pointed ears. It has short legs with well-developed hooves. Rubbery cores and sharp rims of hooves facilitate climbing over the smooth and rough rocks on the steep terrains.
Himalayan tahr has backward curved horns that can reach 18 inches in length. Both males and females have horns, but they are larger in males.
Himalayan tahr is active early in the morning and late in the afternoon (diurnal animal).
Himalayan tahr moves uphill early in the morning to find food on the alpine pastures. It eats almost entire day, with short break during the midday, when it rests among rocks and vegetation.
Himalayan tahr is a herbivore (plant-eater). Its diet is based on grass, herbs and leaves.
Himalayan tahr lives in mixed herds made of usually 15 members (sometimes up to 80). Adult males usually live solitary life.
Himalayan tahr migrates toward the areas with dense vegetation on the lower altitudes during the winter to find shelter and food and to avoid predators.
Natural enemies of Himalayan tahrs are snow leopards.
Mating season of Himalayan tahrs takes place from October to January (or February).
Ritual fights precede mating. Males raise their manes and expose their horns to intimidate their competitors. When these methods are not enough to deter rivals, males wrestle with their horns in order to establish dominance and get opportunity to mate.
Pregnancy in females lasts 7 months and ends with one (rarely 2) baby. Female leaves her group to give birth. Baby is well-developed and able to walk shortly after birth. Young Himalayan tahr depends on the mother's milk until the age of 6 months.
Himalayan tahrs reach sexual maturity at the age of 2-3 years.
Himalayan tahr can survive 10 to 14 years in the wild and up to 21 years in the captivity. Females live longer than males.

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