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G. B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, Uttarakhand.

Markhor(Capra falconeri)

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artidactyla

Suborder: ------

Family: Bovidae

Genus: Capra

Species: falconeri

Subspecies: ------

Fun Facts:

Markhor is the “National animal of Pakistan”..

Markhor facilitates dispersal of seed of various plants in the wild (it eliminates undigested seed via feces).

Markhor is active early in the morning and late in the afternoon (diurnal animal).

Fast Facts

Description: The largest mountain goat in the world, the Markhor has long fur like Himalayan Tahr, a flowing beard and corkscrew horns.
Size: Male: 132 to 186 cm     Female: 132 to 186 cm
Height: Male: 65 to 115 cm     Female: 65 to 115 cm
Weight: Male: 65 to 115 kg     Female: 65 to 115 kg
Diet: Grass, lichens, dispersed seeds.
Sexual maturity: Male: 36 months     Female: 18 to 30 months
Estrous phase: 12 to 15 days
Gestation Period: 135 to 170 days
Young per birth: 1 to 2 kids
Life span: In wild: 12 to 15 days     In captivity: 135 to 170 days
Habitat: Dense pine and birch forest and open barren slopes.
Distribution: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Himalayan region of Indian subcontinent.
Current Population Status: Increasing
IUCN Red List Status: Near threatened