Markhor the National Animal of Pakistan

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    Article On Conservation of Markhor in Pakistan

    Markhor is usually found in northern Pakistan and Pakistan usually gives hunting permits for the animal which is prized worldwide. However, Pakistan has also tired to conserve it by educating locals and building national parks. I was wondering why did Pakistan pick this as the national animal?
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    Wow.... When is eid anyways.
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    29th of September or October 1st but I don't think people sacrifice the national animal of Pakistan :what:
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    why did we choose this animal?? out of all the things!! i doubt any pakistani has seen it
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    The animal is on decline....total number less then 2,500


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    why its name is markhor? does it eat snakes?
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    U guys could have chosen the snow leopard instead....looks much more malestic and menacing than the goat.



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    Just a suggestion....no offence....:cheers:
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    We would have chosen snow leapord in Pakistan IF they are present in Pakistan.

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    No but it can kill snake
    It eats grass , leaves etc just like goat
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    what other wild animal are there in Pakistan? just curious.
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    oh well if we have chosen MARKHOOR then atleast we should protect it from extinction!!! just 2500 left!!!!!! we have a rich culture history & yet in pakistan no one cares!!!!
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    I always thought the snowleopard was present in Pakistan.
    One of the most majestic and beautiful creatures on earth
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    Snow Leopard is present in Pakistan in the Norther Areas.

    One of the reason the insignia of the FCNA is the Snow Leopard as we have them and even Nat Geo have made documentaries in Pakistan about this beautiful animal.

    Strange many Pakistanis even don't know this fact.
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    i had seen a documentry about snowleopard in pakistan, tha was amazing.
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    General Characteristics

    Body Length: 132-186 cm / 4.4-6.2 ft.
    Shoulder Height: 65-115 cm / 2.1-3.8 ft.
    Tail Length: 8-20 cm / 3.2-8 in.
    Weight: 32-110 kg / 70-242 lb.
    The grizzled light brown to black coat is smooth and short in summer, growing longer and thicker in winter. Males have long hair on the chin, throat, chest, and shanks, while females have smaller fringes. The lower legs have a black and white pattern. The tightly curled, corkscrew-like horns are present in both sexes, starting close together at the head, but spreading towards the tips. In males, they can grow up to 160 cm / 64 inches long, and up to 25 cm / 10 inches in females.

    Ontogeny and Reproduction

    Gestation Period: 135-170 days.
    Young per Birth: 1 or 2, rarely 3
    Weaning: At 5-6 months.
    Sexual Maturity: At 18-30 months.
    Life span: 12-13 years.
    Mating occurs during winter, with the subsequent births occurring from late April to early June.

    Ecology and Behavior

    The markhor is mainly active in the early morning and late afternoon. During the spring and summer months it is a grazer, while in the winter it turns to browse for nourishment. Markhor often stand on their hind legs in order to reach high vegetation. Population densities in Pakistan range from 1-9 animals per square kilometer. During the rut males fight for breeding rights. These competitions involve lunging and locking the horns, followed by the combatants twisting and pushing in an attempt to make the other lose his balance. The markhor's alarm call resembles the nasal "a" popularized by the common domestic goat.
    Family group: Females and young live in herds of around 9 animals, adult males are usually solitary.
    Diet: Grasses, leaves.
    Main Predators: Wolf, snow leopard, leopard, lynx, humans.

    Distribution

    Sparsely wooded mountainous regions in the western Himalayas at an elevation of 600-3,600 m / 1,900-11,500 ft.


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    Conservation Status

    The markhor as a species is classified as endangered by the IUCN (1996). However, each subspecies has its own ranking: both C. f. falconeri and C. f. megaceros are endangered, while C. f. heptneri is critically endangered.
    Remarks

    The name markhor is derived from the Persian mar, a snake, and khor, eating. This is a very peculiar name, as these goats are vegetarians. Different interpretations of the name vary from "snake-killer" (a feat which they have been known to do) to a reference to the corkscrewing horns, which are somewhat reminiscent of a snakes winding body.

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