Markhor - official animal of pakistan

MarkhorThe Markhor (Capra falconeri) is a goat-antilope from the himalayas where they graze at altitudes of 500 to 3500 meters high. Males are usually solitary and females gather in herds of about 9 individuals. Males can weigh from 80 to 110 kilograms, while the females only weigh around 32 to 50. Predators of the Markhor are wolves, the Himalayan lynx, snow leopards, panthers and golden eagles prey upon young markhors. They are prized among trophy hunters and used for the Asian medicine market. Markhors are declared an endangered species and the survival of the species is dependent upon conservation programs. The Markhor is the official animal of pakistan and means 'snake eater', although it is a strict herbivore.

Picture by F. Spangenberg, licensed under GFDL.

The Markhor is listed as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
Markhor

Adult weight : 41 kg (90.2 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 19 years

Female maturity :745 days

Gestation : 163 days

Weaning : 167 days

Litter size : 2

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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