Endangered Golden Takin born in Liberec Zoo
The Czech Republic’s oldest zoo, in Liberec, is now host to its sixth new Golden Takin, an endangered goat-antelope from China. The new family of Takins is the first ever to be born outside of China and Japan, and as they multiply each year it seems they are faring well.
Budorcas taxicolor bedfordi is a large, rather odd-looking “goat-antelope” that lives among the bamboo and rhododendrons of the Eastern Himalayas, and in the North Bohemian town of Liberec. Since the Liberec zoo began its breeding programme for the endangered Takin, its stock has increased by six, with the last being born last Saturday. Zoo spokesman Ivan Langr says its chances for survival are good.
The new Takin parents, Adam and Eva, were brought to the zoo in 2002. In their native environment the roughly 300 kilogramme beasts are preyed upon not only by bears and leopards, but more seriously by poachers, as they are prized for their meat. This has found them on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and outside of Japan and China, the only other place in the world they are bred is in Liberec.
The Takins in Liberec indeed seem to be doing quite well; the zoo keepers expect two more Takin kids to be born soon. Meanwhile the newest addition to the family will be coming out into its outdoor pen in about two weeks.