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Markhor
Markhor
Mountain dweller and unsurpassed rock climber
Type: Chordates
Class: Mammals
Order: Artiodactyls
Family: Bovids
Genus: Mountain goats
Species: Markhor
General Settings
  • The habitat includes Northwestern India, Eastern Pakistan and Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
  • Length - 140-170 cm.
  • A weight of 60-120 kg.
  • They prefer cereals, leaves and shoots of shrubs.
  • Life expectancy is 10-15 years.

Luxurious spiral-shaped horns, a lush suspension of wool on the neck-all this significantly distinguishes screw-horned goats from other wild goats.


Social behavior


Horned goats are kept mainly by groups consisting of 10-20 animals (rutting season – autumn-winter). In spring and summer, adult males often stay alone, and females form their own groups consisting of 2-3 adult animals, toddlers and yearlings.


Reproduction


As a result of pregnancy, which lasts 5 months, one or two baby goats are born. At the age of one week, babies begin to follow their mother and try new leaves and blades of grass.


Species and people


Since ancient times, the screw-horned goat has been a desirable prey for hunters. Goats were killed for meat and luxurious horns. At the same time, the largest healthy males – owners of the largest horns – and the best producers are knocked out of the population. The population size is also affected by the development of sheep breeding, as wild goats are displaced from the best pastures.


Interesting Facts


In the screw-horned goat, the horns are twisted in opposite directions, the number of turns is 2-3, rarely 4 turns.

The record holder for life expectancy is a screw-horned goat, who lived in one of the zoos in the United States for 19 years and 1 month.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex
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