In our collection
We currently have a small herd of Turkmenian markhor.
Where to see them
They can be seen in two places in the walkround area, on the way to Wolf Wood (the males) or on the path up to the polar bear viewing platform (the females & young).
Threats and conservation
There are estimated to be less than 2,500 markhor remaining in the wild. As well as being poached for the traditional medicine trade, they are also threatened by habitat loss and competition for food with domestic livestock.
The markhor is legally protected throughout much of its range and occurs within several protected areas. One of the most successful conservation initiatives for the markhor has been a trophy hunting program in Pakistan. Local communities are encouraged to conserve the markhor through economic incentives, where a large percentage of the money generated by a small number of legal trophy hunts go towards the community. Due to the success of this program, proposals have been made for the implementation of similar trophy hunting conservation schemes in other parts of their range.