The Takin (Burdorcas Taxicolor) is the national animal of Bhutan due to its association to the Bhutanese religious history and mythology. Legend has it that in the 15th century, a Tibetan saint, Drukpa Kunley well-known as “Divide Madma” created this unique animal. This Bhutan national animal is a muscular animal with a strongly developed fur. The Takin is considered among Bhutanese people as one of the Bhutan national symbols due to its own unique and distinct features that resemble a quaint blend between a cow and a goat.

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National Animal of Bhutan

The population of the Takin in the wild is roughly 5069 in total, reported by Forestry Bureau Shaanxi province in 2001. The Takin live in a group of approximately 20 members and are found above 4000 meters on the north-western, and far northeastern parts of the Kingdom and their daily food is bamboo.

The Takin is an extremely rare mammal with a thick neck, four short muscular legs as well as a long shaggy coat, adorned with a dark stripe along the back. They secrete a strong-smelling oil substance covering their entire body. There are four subspecies of the Takin ranging from Golden Takin, Mishmi Takin, Sichuan Takin to Bhutan Takin, showing differences in coat color that unlike female Takins with light color faces, the male ones have dark faces making it possible for easily distinguishing. As mentioned before, the Takin tend to live in a small group; however, the older male is into living alone for the rest of his life.

The Bhutan national animal is one of the endangered species due to overhunting and habitat fragmentation. The Bhutanese people consider Takin’s meat to be scrumptious; hence, they hunt them. Apart from the locals hunt Takin to keep them as pets. The fact is that Bhutanese people love Takin as their pets and food supplement; thus it is far too easy to understand why the Takin is considered the national animal of Bhutan.

Takin - National Animal of Bhutan

Facts About Takin – Bhutan National Animal
Common Name: Takin
Scientific Name: Burdorcas Taxicolor
Habitat: Forest valley and rocky, grass-covered alpine zones
Diet: Herbivores
Average Weight: 200kgs
Main Threats: Deforestation, hunting, and habitat fragmentation
Gestation Period: 7-8 months
Average Height: 97-140cm


In your Bhutan vacation, you will have a chance to bump into Takin as Mothithang Takin Preserve can be easily visited in Thimphu. So, if you want to visit this adorable Bhutan national animal, feel free to ask your guide.