Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan
Head and body length, 100-237 cm; shoulder height, 68-140 cm; tail, 7-12 cm
Estimated at 1,200
Forested valleys to rock, grass-covered alpine zones at altitudes of 1,000-4,500 m in Qinling, China
Arunachal Pradesh Bhutan
One cough and they're off. A cough warming approaching danger is one of two primary vocalizations in the golden takin's repertoire. The other is a low below used during mating season. Males and females—both of which grown horns—travel together in small herds, browsing on bamboo, fir bank and fresh shrub branches. Salt adds important minerals to their diet, and they will spend days traveling to salt licks and days more taking in their fill. But their journeys are becoming more treacherous all the time: increasingly fragmented herds are prey to poaching as well as deforestation. Some dangers just can't be avoided with a cough.