East caucasian tur

Capra cylindricornis


A stocky mountain goat whose horns, curving up and out, then back and slightly down and in, are similar to those of mountain sheep. The horn length of an adult male is up to 115 cm. This species inhabits the eastern slopes of the Greater Caucasus east of Mount Dykhtau, occurring in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia (Daghestan, Checheno-Ingushetia, North Ossetia).

Ranging to the altitude of 4,200 m, the East Caucasian tur is a typical animal of the alpine and subalpine zones. Occasionally it can be found on steep rocky wooded slopes or in the forest zone. In winter the tur descend to lower elevations where the snow cover is thinner.

The wild population of the species has critically dwindled because of poaching, domestic livestock overgrazing, and warfare. Total number: <25,000, ↓

Owing to international cooperation, the species is breeding well in a number of zoos. International studbook for the East Caucasian tur is kept by Tallinn Zoo.

Dagestani-tuur-Christina-Daous Tuuri esimesed tantsutuurid. Ülo Veldre Dagestani tuur 6


  • Ticket office
  • Indoor expositions *
  • Children’s Zoo

*Indoor expositions are closed on Mondays.
The Zoo closes two hours after the ticket office is closed.

How to get here

Paldiski mnt. 145 – North Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Freedom square (Vabaduse väljak) buses no. 22, 41, and 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Railway station (Balti jaam) buses no. 21, 41, and 43 (Bus stop Zoo)

Ehitajate tee 150 – West Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Karikakra or Nurmenuku) From Railway station (Balti jaam) bus no. 43 (Bus stop Karikakra, Nurmenuku or Zoo) Buses no. 10, 12, 13, 28, 37, 45, 46, 47

Zoo map


E-R +372 6943 300; Emergency: 512 69 65

Ehitajate tee 150/Paldiski mnt. 145
Tallinn 13522, Estonia

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