PAKISTAN ZINDABAD    Nov 22 , 2017
MAKHOR, the national animal of Pakistan

Date Published: Aug 28 , 2011

The Markhor is a large species of wild goat that is found in woodland in the Western Himalayas of Pakistan. It’s the national animal of Pakistan also known as Capra falconeri.  Markhor are 65 to 115 centimeters tall at the shoulder and they usually weigh from 40 to 110 kilograms. Females are a tan color with a white underbelly and a pattern of black and white on the legs. Males are a lighter tan color with the same white underbelly and pattern on the legs. Males also have a black face and lots of long white fur on their neck and chest which can grow down to their knees. Both males and females have corkscrew-shaped horns which can grow up to 160 cm long in males, and up to 25 cm in females.

Markhor live in places 500 to 3500 meters above sea level where they eat grass, leaves and often stand on their back legs to reach the top leaves of trees. Markhor are active in the early morning and late afternoon. Females gather in herds of up to nine animals. Males usually live alone. The word "Markhor" is Persian for "Snake Eater". They mostly live in the Northern Areas of Pakistan especially in the Chitral, Ghizar and Hunza regions. There are about 2000 - 4000 Markhor in the wild. This animal is also found in Kashmir and Afghanistan.

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