The Markhors

Scientific Name: Capra falconeri By: Matthew and Thomas


You can recognize the Markhor from the following details...

  • They are about 26-45 inches in length.
  • They weigh about 88-240 pounds.
  • They have a tail length of about 3.2-8 inches.
  • Both males and females have a tan like coat, and black and white pattern on their legs.
  • They have long shaggy white fur on their necks and chest
  • Males and Females have cork shaped horns which can grow to about 63 inches on males and 9.8 inches on females.

As well as, many other smaller features.


As, the Markhor population becomes smaller and smaller so do the habitats they are normally found in though, you can still find thheyem in these areas...

Geographic Location

  • They can generally be found in the Middle East in places such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.

Climate Zone

  • The climate zone they live in is known as an Arid climate zone which can reach as high as 130F or 30F

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Why They Are Endangered

Markhors are endangered for various reasons, but the main reason their population is declining is because they are hunted for their precious horns which are not only used as a trophy for sportsmen but, also used for traditional medicine in the East Asian market, and their meat which are extremely valuable. As well as, facing competition for food from other goats in the area and habitat loss.
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Current Status of Markhors

Markhors as you already know are declining at an alarming rate and the population is at an extreme low, but here is the current status of the species in both the wild and captivity.

Status in the Wild

  • There are currently less than 2,500 Markhors remaining in the wild, living in sub population of 250 individuals or less.

Status in Captivity

  • Though, in capitivity there is aboout 7,500-8,000 remaining living in subpopulations of about 500-725.

In total, there are about 9,500 Markhors still alive which is still a very low population.

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The Plan To Save Markhors

Currently there are plans put into place to protect the species, but there are also future plans that are going to be put into action.

Currently Preservation Plan

  • The biggest plan currently is just keeping the goats into a wildlife reserves, which protects them from being hunted any further.

Future Preservation Plan

  • The governments that the goats inhabit are trying to put laws into place that make it illegal to hunt them.

How Can I Help?

Keep in mind you can do things to help save these species too not just the government. Here are some ways you can help...

  • Set up charities to fund zoos to keep the Markhors in a closed habitat.
  • Help set up wildlife reserves for the species.
  • Prevent from hunting them and try to stop other hunters as well.

Why Should We Save Them?

We should save Markhors because they are main prey for larger predators, which could starve if the Markhors become extinct. As well as, snake populations would rise since Markhors are specialized in killing them which helps lower the snake population. (Keep in mind the Markhors do not consume snakes they are herbivores)

Markhor Food Web

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Species Part In The Food Web

  • Markhors are Herbivores.
  • They consume grasses, leaves, and herbs.
  • They get eaten by large predators such as Snow Leopards.