Friday, February 16, 2018

The Biggest Mammal You Didn't Learn About In School

Takin (Budorcas taxicolor)

The Takin is a bovid (in the same clade as sheep, antelope, bison and cows) that lives in mountainous Asian bamboo forests, overlapping in habitat with giant pandas. It is the national mammal of Bhutan. In addition to Bhutan, it is found in parts of India, Burma and China. 

A detailed account of them can be found here. Like most wild megafauna, it is endangered throughout its range.


DDeden said...

Cool critter, thanks. I wonder if takin is related to yak etymologically. Khyrghyz 'kayk' ~ kayak ~ yakskin?

Sean Parker said...

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