Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Guess the Endangered Species II

The pictured species is a species of wild goat that is found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indian, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. They flock together in groups of nine females and their young while the males are solitary. They were formerly prized as an elusive and difficult game animal to hunt in British India, it is now hunted in several countries for the supposed medicinal qualities of its horns. There are now approximately 2500 mature individuals and the numbers have declined 20% in two generations.

The species is:

Answer to come next week.

Last week’s species was the margay, which barely beat out the Mexican bobcat for top place in the poll. It is remarkably similar in appearance and closely related to the ocelot. The other animals in the list were all also endangered. The vaquita is a porpoise. Thanks for playing!

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