A takin (Budorcas taxicolor) stares into the camera at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Celebrating the Year of the Ox with Takins

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

FEBRUARY 08, 2021

Jakarta. The Chinese Lunar New Year is approaching.

Feb. 12 marks the beginning of the Year of the Metal Ox. Taking part in the festivities, Taman Safari Indonesia introduced takins (Budorcas taxicolor) at their Istana Panda Indonesia facility last Friday. The mammal, which roams Asia's mountains and bamboo thickets, belongs to the Bovidae family and bears a striking resemblance to the hardworking oxen.

Takins are native to Asia's highlands, namely Tibet, Bhutan, and the Himalayas.

The herbivores make their homes in forested valleys and rocky, grass-covered alpine zones at an altitude between 1,000 and 4,500 meters above sea level. Their thick fur keep them warm in the cold.

The takins at Taman Safari Indonesia live in an environment which mimics their natural habitat. They are at 1,417 meters above sea level with cold, foggy weathers.

Taman Safari Indonesia is the only conservation  site in Southeast Asia to have the national animal of Bhutan.

Takin is not the only species in Istana Panda Indonesia. As the name suggests, visitor can also meet two adorable giant pandas, Cai Tao and Hu Chun.

Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) eats bamboo at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) munches on a bamboo at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Chinese new year greeting is seen in front of takin shed at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A sign with a Chinese New Year greeting is seen in front of the takin enclosure at Taman Safari Indonesia. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) eats bamboo leaf at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A giant panda stares into the camera as it munches on bamboo leaves. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) eats bamboo leaf at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A takin takes a bite of bamboo leaves. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A takin stands inside its shed in front of Istana Panda at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A herd of takins seen inside their closure at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Visitors watch giant panda at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Visitors watch a giant panda enjoying its lunch. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A young takin stands inside its shed at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A young takin strikes a pose for the camera. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) eats bamboo at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A giant panda munches on bamboo. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Takin stands on a high ground at its shed at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java on Feb, 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A takin stands on top of a plateau. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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