Tadjik markhor

Capra falconeri heptneri

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ТАДЖИКСКИЙ ВИНТОРОГИЙ КОЗЁЛ или МАРХУР
TURKMENIAN KIERTEISSARVIKAURIS

The name of this sturdy mountain goat with long gorgeous hair on the chest derives from Persian and means “snake-eater”. It may refer both to the corkscrewing horns and the stunted alpine plants, which the markhor feeds on and which are reminiscent of snakes’ winding bodies.

Markhor inhabit scrubby mountainsides of Central Asia. The critically endangered subspecies Tadjik markhor occurs in a few isolated populations in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan and Afghanistan. Total number: >700, ↓

The Tadjik markhor occupies cliffside habitats in sparsely wooded regions at altitudes ranging from 2,000–2,200 m in winter up to 4,000 m in summer. It avoids deep snow. The markhor are on verge of extinction because of uncontrolled hunting (for trophies, meat and horns for Asian medicine market) and displacement by domestic livestock.

International studbook for the Tadjik markhor is kept by Helsinki Zoo.

The horn length of an adult male is up to 95 cm.

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Open

  • Ticket office
    9-18
  • Indoor expositions *
    10-19
  • 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

Contact

E-R +372 6943 300; Emergency: 512 69 65
zoo@tallinnzoo.ee

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

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