Markhors belong to a group of animals called 'goat-antelopes', which includes the musk ox, the chamois and the domestic goat. Markhor have spiralling horns, which can grow to over a metre and a half long in males.
Scientific name: Capra falconeri
The first ever footage of an entire snow leopard hunt. Filmed in high definition.
It's notoriously hard to film amongst these remote and vertiginous slopes. Previous footage of snow leopards has been captured with remote cameras, making action sequences impossible. Here, the high magnification capability of HD allowed close ups to be shot from the other side of the valley, widening the field of view enough to follow the entire hunt.
Incredible adaptation to life in the vertical Himalayan world.
Perhaps the most agile of all goats, the markhor is perfectly adapted to life on these sheer slopes. They are so sure-footed they can even climb trees. With an extrememly timid subject and the access problems posed by the terrain, the crew made full use of the long lens capability of the high definition camera to film this dramatic encounter.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Markhor distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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