Latin name: Pantholops hodgsonii
Average lifespan: 10-15 years.
Size: Body Length: 120-130 cm / 4-4.3 ft.
Weight: 26 - 40 kg (57 - 88 lb)
Group name: Herd
Extremely wary by nature, the chiru is constantly on the alert and is hence difficult to approach. Feeding occurs primarily in the morning and evening, . When resting, the chiru excavates a shallow depression about 30 cm / 1 foot deep: this partially conceals the animal from predators, and helps to protect it from the harsh wind. During the rut, males rarely eat and are almost constantly in motion.
Where does the Chiru live?
The Tibetan antelope or chiru is native to the Tibetan plateau including China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Qinghai province, and Xinjiang Autonomous Region; and in Ladakh, jammu and Kashmir region of India and Pakistan.
What does a Chiru eat?
Chirus live on the high mountain steppes and semi-desert areas of the Tibetan plateau such as Kekexili, where they feed on various forb and grass species.
Did you know about these Chiru facts?
The chiru is a remarkable runner. Despite the thin atmosphere on the high plateau, it can run as fast as 80 km/h (50 mi/h).
The chiru produces the finest wool in the world -- a single woven shawl sells for up to $15,000. The demand for their pelts also puts the chiru in danger of being hunted to extinction.
Chiru's can be found at elevations from 3250 - 5500 m (10,660 - 18,000 ft).
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