TIBETAN ANTELOPE/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: The Chiru is a large-bodied, antelope-like animal that is instantly characterized by the long, slender horns that the males possess. These are black in colour, flattened slightly and rise almost vertically all the way except for a slight curve back in the middle of the horn. About 15–20 ridges mark two-thirds of the horn. It has a concave muzzle with two prominent bulges on either side of the nostrils, giving it a slightly large-nosed appearance. It has a luxuriant, woolly, tan and grey winter coat and a reddish fawn summer coat. Females do not have horns and are uniformly rust–fawn. Their bellies, the tip of their muzzle and a ring around their eyes are white, and the rest of the muzzle and the front of their legs are grey. Young males, which are coloured like the females, start growing horns when they are a year old.
BEHAVIOUR: A migratory animal, the Chiru segregate almost completely during migration, with the females migrating for calving, and the males and subadult males migrating separately.
DISTRIBUTION: Found in two discrete populations in the Daulat Beg Oldie and the Chang Chenmo Valley, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, contiguous with Tibet.
HABITAT: Trans-Himalayan alpine steppe and semi-arid cold desert lands

Size: 80–140 cm, 

Wt: 36–42 kg

IUCN Status: Endangered


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