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Himalayan Tahr

Classification
  • Order: Cetartiodactyla
  • Family: Bovidae
  • Genus: Hemitragus
  • Species: jemlahicus
Fun Fact

The tahr’s hooves have a flexible core and a harder outer “shell” with a sharp rim. The flexible core allows it to grip smooth rocks and the sharp rim allows the tahr to lodge its foot into small footholds.

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About Himalayan Tahr

Tahr are close relatives to the wild goat. The Himalayan tahr is one of three species of tahr. The others are Arabian tahr of Oman and the Nilgiri of southern India. Himalayan tahr have relatively short legs and small heads with large eyes and small pointed ears. Males are larger than females, they weigh between 79 and 198 pounds.

They are most active in the early morning and late afternoon. They will move to higher elevations in the morning where they will escape most predators and spend the day resting. About three hours before dusk, they will move to lower elevations where food and water are more abundant.

The Himalayan tahr have been introduced to New Mexico, California, Ontario, South Africa and New Zealand as a big game hunting species. Their habitat in New Zealand closely matches that of their native Himalayan Mountains and have become so well established that they are considered a pest to native flora and fauna (plants and animals).

Himalayan Tahr in the Wild

Habitat

Rugged wooded hills and mountain slopes reaching elevations of up to 16,400 feet.

Location

Himalayan Mountains from northern India to Tibet

Diet

Herbivores, they eat primarily grasses, shrubs and trees.

Population Status

Listed as “near threatened” by IUCN as the species is in decline in their native range.

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