Markhor

The largest of all goats and Pakistan’s national animal

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Despite being huge, markhors are exceptional climbers and adept at life in mountains, hills, and rocky peaks. Its huge twisted spiral horns that appear like a snake have earned it the name “Markhor,” –meaning snake eater or killer.

Markhor is found in the mountainous regions of central Asia and is the national animal of Pakistan. Sadly, it has been hunted extensively, nearly to the verge of extension, for sport, meat, and folklore medicine. Conservation efforts from international and regional NGOs have resulted in a gradual increase in the numbers of this magnificent animal: more than a 20% increase in the last decade.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2014
India
2014
Jammu-Kashmir
Pakistan
2014
Tajikistan
2014
Turkmenistan
2014
Uzbekistan
2014

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No