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Chinese Goral

We are currently home to two adult Chinese gorals: one male, and one female. Danling, our male was born in 2011, and Fushan the female was born in 2002.

Breeding Programme Category

Our Chinese gorals are part of the European Stud Book programme and are managed by the RZSS

Location in the Zoo:

Edinburgh Zoo’s Chinese gorals are housed near the front of the Zoo, opposite the Darwin’s rhea

In the Wild

Chinese gorals (Naemorhedus caudatus arnouxianus) can be found through much of southern, south-eastern and central China. They live in steep areas and plateaus in mountainous areas.

They live in herds of between two to twelve individuals, although older males occasionally live alone. After a gestation period of approximately seven months the female gives birth to a single kid. Newborn gorals are able to stand within an hour of their birth, and by the second day can follow their mother through their steep and rocky terrain. The lifespan of the Chinese goral is approximately ten years.

They eat grasses, leaves, twigs, and nuts. They have very keen eyesight, and depend more on this than on their senses of smell or hearing to detect danger or predators.

Due to over-hunting and habitat destruction, the number of this species is thought to be declining.

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Status

Not Endangered NE
Data Deficient DD
Least Concern LC
Near Threatened NT
Vulnerable VU
Endangered EN
Critically Endangered CR
Extinct in the wild EW
Extinct EX

Vulnerable

For more info on classifications visit www.iucnredist.org

Size

Relative to 6ft (2m) man Relative to 6ft (2m) man

Population

Population is decreasing, IUCN June 2008

  • Grasslands

    Grasslands

Diet

Herbivore Herbivore
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