The majestic national animal of Pakistan has many interesting features that help it in surviving in the wild.
Markhors live in the mountainous regions of Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Their primary habitat is the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.
They are excellent climbers and can climb the steep ragged mountains of the Himalayas with ease.
The male markhor’s twisted horns grow up to 180cm in length and they use them to fight amongst themselves for breeding rights during the breeding season.
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The color and length of the coat varies with the seasons, with the short reddish-grey summer coat becoming longer and greyer over the cold winter months.
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Predators of the markhor include wolves, snow leopards, panthers and the Himalayan lynx
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The markhor is so fast that only the snow leopard can match its speed in its natural habitat reaching speeds of up to 17 km/h.
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There are only around 2500 markhors remaining in the wild.
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By Faran Shahid