Gorals inhabits steep areas and plateaus in mountainous areas staying primarily within rugged rocky terrain.
This stocky, goat-like animals is actually somewhere between a goat and an antelope. They have broad hooves, with short conical horns and long, pointed ears. They have four teats whereas goats and sheep have two. They range in color from pale grey to dark reddish-brown. A dark stripe runs along their back and the throat and belly are pale.
Gorals are cautious and timid. They spend most of their time on high rocky slopes where they can evade predators such as wolves and leopards. When threatened, they make wheezing alarm sounds and stomp their feed - both in order to threaten the predator and toward other gorals of danger. Surprisingly, they do not flee until the last second, bounding uphill in uneven leaps in order to confuse the predator.
Breeding takes place in late spring when one or two kids are born after a gestation period of about 215 days. The young can walk soon after birth and are weaned in the autumn, remaining with the mother throughout the winter.
Goral populations are declining as a result of habitat destruction, poaching by humans for their meat and use in traditional medicine.
|Did YOU Know?|
|The Chinese goral is also known as the grey long-tailed goral.|
|Height:||20 to 31 inches at shoulder|
|Average Lifespan:||15 years|
|Wild Diet:||Grass, lichens, leaves, shrubs|
|Where at the Zoo?||South Gate Pathway|