Tahrs are three species of large ungulates closely related to the wild goat. The Himalayan Tahr is one of three species of tahr. The others are the Arabian Tahr of Oman and the Nilgiri Tahr of southern India.
Up until recently the three species were believed to be closely related to each other and were placed in one genus, Hemitragus. Molecular genetic studies have proved that the tahrs are not genetically related as thought earlier. Now they are considered as three separate genera; Hemitragus (Himalayan Tahr), Nilgiritragus (Nilgiri Tahr) and Arabitragus (Arabian Tahr).
The Himalayan Tahr (Hermitragus jemlahicus) is found in the Southern Alps of New Zealand where it is hunted recreationally. A small population was also released on Table Mountain in South Africa, but they were later determined to be a 'pest' animal by authorities, and most were exterminated (although some rare sightings still occur).
The Grassland's Great Hope A public-private partnership and initiatives by local people have helped conserve the Nilgiri tahr
Dec 25, 2006; Amidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the...