The Markhor is a large species of wild goat that are found in Asia from Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tujikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India. This species is listed as Endangered and there are less than 2,500 individuals left in the wild. They stand 132-186 centermeters tall at the shoulder and can weigh from 32-110 kilograms. Markhor are a mountainous species that can be found 600-3,600 meters in elevation. They travel in herds of up to nine females and young with males only joining during the breeding season. They are also mainly diurnal and can forage up to 12-14 hours a day. Lastly, this species has very keen eyesight and a very developed sense of smell. Both of these traits serve them well in predator detection. Their alarm call also resembles the well known nasal “a” call of the domestic goat.
This is a captive individual from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse NY.