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Takin (Budorcas spp.) Fact Sheet: Managed Care



  • Both Mishmi (B. t. taxicolor) and Sichuan takins (B. t. tibetana) are bred at San Diego Zoo.
    • First Sichuan takin born outside China at San Diego Zoo in 1989
    • First Mishmi takin born at SDZ in 1993; first birth of this species in Western Hemisphere
    • 53 Sichuan takins born to San Diego Zoo 1989-2006
  • Hybrids have not been described. (Benirschke 2004)

Bottle Feeding Takin Calves

Young takin calves at the San Diego Zoo are bottle fed 3 times per day.

This calf's mother was attentive, but no nursing was observed, so she needed additional care from keepers at the San Diego Zoo's Neonatal Assisted Care Unit.

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Page Citations

Benirschke (2004)
Castillo (1990)
Song et al. (2008)
Zoonooz (1993, 2006)

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