By Rachel Bennetta, Hoofstock Keeper
A Hoofstock Favourite
Port Lympne has welcomed some brand new species to its 600 acres recently and here you can discover more about our three takin, Aprilla, Priya and Charlie:
Mishmi Takin (Budorcas taxicolor taxicolor) are native to India, Myanmar and the People’s Republic of China. They are described as goat-antelopes.
Very little information is available on wild taking populations, partly due to the inaccessibility of their habitat. They are found mainly in mountainous regions and interestingly it is thought that the mythological ‘golden fleece’ is believed to have come from the takin's golden coat.
Rachel said: ‘The takin are renowned on our section for being mischievous, fearless, stubborn and smelly. They are generally seen together mooching around the Asian Experience looking for trouble or lying in the shade of the trees, although on occasion Priya is left out a bit with Charlie and Aprilla seeking peace and some alone time together. We have also witnessed some mating activity between Aprilla and Charlie, so fingers crossed!
Although the takin are bossy and always up for a tussle, the Sambar deer seem to tolerate them the most, and I think the takin may have thought they were Sambar deer at one time! Aprilla and Charlie eat very nicely with the other Asian exhibit animals, but Priya acts like a bowling ball and rushes in with the Barasingha deer racing away like skittles!
Despite their naughty behaviour they are a Hoofstock favourite and we love telling each other about our experiences with them.’