Animals & Attractions

We have a small herd of Mishmi takin - Missandei, Yara, Ser Davos, Drogo, Mountain, Brienne, Tyrion, Arya, Khaleesi, Jorge and Chimi. Our keepers have named them all after Game of Thrones characters!


  • Very little information is available on wild takin populations, partly due to the inaccessibility of their habitat
  • They are at risk due to habitat loss, competition with other species and hunting for the traditional medicine trade
  • Mishmi takin live at altitudes of up to 4,500m and are perfectly equipped for mountain life. Their short, sturdy legs and broad hooves provide surefootedness, while oily skin secretions coat their fur and protect them from the cold, damp climate
  • Takin have stout horns that are ridged at the base and can reach up to 64cm in length
  • The takin is also known as the “gnu goat”, but it is in fact more closely related to sheep
  • The mythological 'golden fleece' is believed to have come from the takin's golden coat
  • They forage in the morning and late afternoon and their diet includes alpine plants and evergreens such as rhododendron, the bark of trees and bamboo. Using their powerful bodies, takin will push over saplings to reach the leaves and they will also browse standing on their hind legs


Like all the animals in our care, our takin are amazing ambassadors for their relatives in the wild and help hundreds of thousands of people connect with nature every year. They encourage visitors to learn about the threats facing wildlife and the action they can take to help create a world where nature is protected, valued, and loved.

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for the animals here at the park and work to protect species at risk around the world. From providing expertise in genetics and veterinary health to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

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