- Two female and one male Sichuan Takin live at the Red River Zoo. Their exhibit is located along Takin Ridge behind the Carousel Pavilion.
The Red River Zoo’s Sichuan Takin are a part of Species Survival Plan (SSP).
- Scientists and zoo professionals work together to help endangered and threatened species through cooperative breeding programs, research, education, fundraising and reintroduction.
- Takin are most active in the winter, so that is a great time to see the Takin herd.
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Did You Know?
Female Takin usually weigh around 500 pounds and the males can weigh up to 800 pounds. One Takin might weigh more than every member in your family put together!
Are they sick, why are they coughing? They have few predators due to their large size, but when they do sense danger they let out a loud cough to warn others in their herd.
Takin are considered a national treasure in China, and have the highest level of legal protection. However, they are still endangered because of over-hunting and habitat destruction.
Takin have inspired many different stories in history. The beast in the classic Disney movie Beauty and the Beast is based on the Takin. The legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece may also have been inspired by the Sichuan Takin’s golden fur coat.