Arabian tahr

Hemitragus jayakari

TAXONOMY

Hemitragus jayakari Thomas, 1894, Jebel Akhdar Range, Oman. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Tahr d'Arabie; German: Arabischer tahr; Spanish: Tar arabico.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

A rather small member of the Caprini. Height 24 in (62 cm); weight 50 lb (23 kg). Horns are short, laterally compressed, and swept back. Color is light sandy brown with pale undersides. A short dorsal crest is tipped black. The face has dark stripes up the muzzle and from mouth to eye, separated by paler patch.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Diet includes fruit, shoots, seeds, and grasses.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Polygamous. Mating occurs throughout most of the year and young have been observed in every month except November. Gestation lasts 140-145 days.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Tahr have disappeared from some isolated massifs but some remaining populations are well protected within nature reserves. The population was estimated at around 2,000 in 1997 and is believed to be stable, though listed as Endangered.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Traditionally hunted for their meat. ♦

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