Mother and Calf Doing Well in Exhibit
May 22, 2014. Updated June 6, 2014.
What in the world is a takin? A takin (rhymes with rockin’) is an animal native to the rocky slopes of the Himalayas that is related to sheep and goats. Zhu, a six-year-old Sichuan takin, delivered a healthy kid recently on May 15. It is her first kid, and she is mothering it well.
Update: The takin kid is a male and keepers have selected the name Bo, which means precious.
“Takins are animals that do a lot of climbing in rugged terrain--they climb a lot of rocks, a lot of logs,” said zookeeper Chaz Moxley. “We’re already seeing the baby climbing up on things. Yesterday, Zhu was sitting down and the baby was climbing up and down her and standing on her back.”
The Zoo now cares for three Sichuan takins (Budorcas taxicolor tibetana) in exhibits near the rhinos and zebras. Mother Zhu turns 7 years old tomorrow, May 23, and came to the ABQ BioPark in 2008 from the St. Louis Zoo. The father, Tai Yun, is 11 years old and came to the BioPark in 2004 from San Diego Zoo.
Takins are threatened in the wild due to poaching and habitat loss.